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Saturday, 09 January


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": My Site - Latest news: Renewable energy success story generates inspiration "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In our drive towards a renewal energy future, wind, solar and dreams of endless battery storage capture our collective attention, yet, take a trip to Beaufort and you can visit a project proving that bioenergy also deserves a place in our hearts and minds.

Late last year, Central Victorian Greenhouse Alliance (CVGA) board members took that trip, visiting the innovative bioenergy demonstration project underway at Beaufort Hospital.
Funded by the Victorian Government, the project has seen the hospital move away from expensive LPG gas to bioenergy — the first 12 months of operation saw expenditure on LPG reduced by over $40,000 per year, with overall heating costs reduced by almost $30,000 per year.
Bioenergy has been defined as “a form of renewable energy derived from biomass to generate electricity and heat”. Given it is organic matter, it is available in many forms such as agricultural products, forestry products and municipal and other waste.

In the case of Beaufort Hospital, locally sourced wood off-cuts and shavings are being used to fuel the purpose-designed Austrian boiler that is at the heart of the system.

Pyrenees Shire (one of 13 CVGA member councils) has led the efforts at Beaufort Hospital and their pathfinder is Daryl Scherger, the Shire’s Bioenergy Project Manager.

Without a hint of judgment, Daryl acknowledges many members of the community have little understanding of bioenergy and, if they do, tend to have a fairly basic one.

“Perhaps they picture a sweaty, pot-bellied bloke in a blue singlet, spinning round throwing bits of wood into a furnace? That’s about the limit of it,” he laughs.

“But, it is so much more sophisticated than that – before we talk about the Beaufort Hospital site here I’d like you to consider that if you travel to, say, Sweden...

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No Fibs: Town of Yarloop destroyed in #Waroonafire maelstrom #WAfires – @takvera "IndyWatch Feed National"

Australians woke up on Friday 8 January hearing another bushfire tragedy: the total firestorm devastation of the Western Australian town of Yarloop south of Perth. This comes after 60 homes were destroyed along the Great Ocean Road in Victoria on Christmas Day. John Englart (@Takvera) provides a brief introduction and summary to a curated story […]

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Citizen journalist at No Fibs

John Englart has always had a strong social and environmental focus and over the past 10 years climate change science, climate policy and climate protest have become an increasingly important and primary focus of his work as a citizen journalist.


Catallaxy Files: Charlie Hebdo and hot air "IndyWatch Feed"

Sean Gabb of the UK Libertarian Alliance on the Charlie Hebdo murders.

I will repeat that this was a barbarous crime. But there seem to be barbarous crimes and barbarous crimes. Suppose the attack had not been on a cultural leftist magazine, but on the headquarters of the Front National, and the victims had been Francine le Pen and the party leadership. Would all those city squares have filled with people reciting Je suis le Front National? I hardly think so. Nor would the media have given blanket and uncritical coverage.

Indeed, we had our answer before the gunmen had opened fire. When Pim Fortuyn and Theo van Gogh and Lee Rigby were murdered no less barbarously, we were all urged to moderate our response. In the first two cases, we were told, with more than the occasional nod and wink, that the victims had brought things on themselves. As for the third, the only protest demonstrations were broken up by the police.


Latest News: Different Destinies at Stake in Oregon "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A reflection on the men behind the siege of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters


Head Space: The Camel’s Nose: Bread and Circuses galore "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

“If you like your health plan you can keep it… Obamacare will save the average family $2500 a year… I don’t want your guns… If they bring a knife, you bring a gun.” Obama and guns: Eleven false or misleading claims from the president’s remarks this week With tears in his eyes, President Obama pulled […]


Head Space: Venezuelan Pharaoh Defamed "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Removal of Chávez Images From Venezuela Capitol Raises Tension CARACAS, Venezuela — With triple-digit inflation showing no signs of retreating and the new National Assembly vowing to remove the president, Venezuela over the last few days careered toward crises both economic and political. Yet the great debate of the week had less to do with […]


Fire Earth: Monster Bushfire Destroys Town in W. Australia "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

WTS States of Emergency Declared in W. Australia as Massive Bushfire Intensifies The so-called Waroona fire has razed the historic town of Yarloop, consumed about 55,000  hectares and is threatening more towns south of Perth, including the dairy and beef town of Harvey, after breaching containment lines. At least three people from Yarloop are unaccounted […]


"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": Katie Writes Stuff: Three Goals for 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

We’re eight days into the new year and it’s just as well I didn’t make a resolution to be less lazy or have a more regular presence on my blog because I’d have failed that before I even began. Luckily, I’ve never been into resolutions and I think I’ve worked out why: they imply that the old you was rubbish in some way. “New year, new you!” is the catch-cry. Because the old you is useless. The old you is too lazy or unfit or bad at croquet (or whichever sport is trendy with the hipsters now). It’s no wonder resolutions don’t work: they put us in a defeatist frame of mind before we even begin.

So forget that. Resolutions are out; goals are in.

Last year, I had a list of ten goals I wanted to achieve in 2015, which seems a little excessive now I think about it. While I did achieve at least half of them, the rest were either forgotten about or became less important as the year went on. This year, I’m keeping it nice and simple, which I hope will guarantee I won’t forget about half of my goals by the time Autumn rolls around.

Goal No. 1: Simplify

We have so much stuff. Too much stuff. I want to spend the year cutting down on what we have and trying not to acquire too many more things. This is easier said than done, given our obsession with op shopping and bringing home interesting new items.

How will I know I’ve acheived Goal No. 1?

When everything is uncluttered and stored away in its right place and I don’t open a cupboard and ask myself questions such as Why do two people own twenty-seven dinner plates?

Goal No. 2: Become An Expert Dressmaker

This is a completely normal, non-crazy plan that I am sure is achievable. Essentially, I plan to make myself a fifties inspired wardrobe from scratch. And I mean completely from scratch. As in, I will be making the patterns, too.

Normal, right? What could possibly go wrong?

This will fit in with s...


Independent Australia: New Music Through Old Ears — Uncovered "IndyWatch Feed"

New Music Through Old Ears — UncoveredIt’s time for some new music as entertainment editor John Turnbull checks out the best cover versions released over the last 12 months, including metalheads Stone Sour, the contrary Ryan Adams and the purple one himself, Prince. read now...


Head Space: “The pretense of tears makes others cry.” "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Propaganda techniques utilize sentimental methods of expression, which play upon the emotional resonance of large masses. The pretense of tears makes others cry. Every psychologist, however, is aware that these expressions disguise other feelings and other intentions. The pretense of conformity is not equivalent to thinking in conformity. —————————- Not only do controlled press and […]


Catallaxy Files: Happy Birthday to Elvis Presley "IndyWatch Feed"

Born today in 1935.

Below will be Australia’s national anthem if we continue on the current economic pathway ….


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: Cormorant sequence "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

In my forays along the river in recent weeks Little Pied Cormorants have been a regular sight – usually seen departing from a river-side perch, then circling overhead in ones and twos. This individual passed close enough for a rapid flight sequence. The patterns and colours on the neck are intriguing.


Little Pied Cormorant, Loddon River @ Newstead, 2nd January 2015.









Senator Jacqui Lambie - PUTTING TASMANIA FIRST: Liberal’s Medicare Cuts to Women’s Cancer Checks will force Lambie to vote against all Liberal legislation "IndyWatch Feed"

Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie, has warned the Liberal Government in a new YouTube clip that she will take whatever action is necessary in the Senate, including voting against all government legislation – to ensure that cancer and other health checks remain affordable for all Australians.

“Australian women should not have to pay more for vital cancer health checks. Over my dead body will I allow the Liberal’s to try and sneak through more changes and cuts to our Medicare system.

“The average Australian is sick of this Liberal government fiddling with bulk-billing rates for vital medical checks like women’s pap smears. It’s time for the Liberals to stop their sneaky attacks on Medicare and their sly attempts to kill it off.

“And if it means voting against every piece of government legislation in the Senate – I will do everything in my power to stop cancer health checks, like pap smears from costing an extra $30, as predicted by the Royal College of Pathologists,” Senator Lambie.

“The government knows by my record on Defence pay, I will vote to block all their legislation in the Senate until they stop playing with our Medicare system and while they continue to try to increase the costs of women’s health checks.

“The AMA has told me that last year about 1.5 million pap smears were carried out and 1.1 million of those cancer checks were bulk-billed. Meaning those 1.1 million Australian women didn’t receive a bill.

According to the AMA, under the sneaky new Liberal health policy, all of the 1.5 million women who had a test would receive a bill, courtesy of Malcolm Turnbull and his Liberals. These new bills could be $30 each or more,” Senator Lambie said.

Kahli Deegan – Burnie woman sends message to PM:

“Local businesswoman Kahli...


Indian Country Headline News: Nez Perce Did Not Give Horse Club Blessing to Play Indian at Rose Parade, Tribe Says "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

A horse club that participated in the Rose Parade in California Friday received the blessing of the Idaho-based Nez Perce Tribe to dress as Indians, a representative of the club...


Renew Economy: Brazil forecasts jump in wind and solar investments as hydro wanes "IndyWatch Feed"

Wind and solar power capacity expected to increase to as much as 11.6% and 3.7% of the energy mix as part of a new 10-year energy expansion plan in Brazil.


"IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Edgar's Mission Farm Sanctuary: Bubble Bath Day "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

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Rubb-a-dub-dub, Squeak Piglet in the tub, getting squeaky clean for Bubble Bath Day 2016. Bubble Bath Day is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to an indulgent soak, although we hope you find reason to wash more than once a year 😉


Renew Economy: Germany is 20 years away from 100 percent renewable power – not! "IndyWatch Feed"

Despite Germany adding more renewable electricity than ever before in a single year in 2015, the government seems keen on slowing down this growth. What is really happening?


Catallaxy Files: The weak horse "IndyWatch Feed"

Mark Steyn on The Ghosts of Charlie Hebdo – One Year On.

What happened on January 7th 2015 was terrible. But our response to it made it more terrible, and emboldened civilization’s enemies. With respect to the late Charb, the choice is not between dying standing up or living on our knees – for those who choose to live on their knees will die there, too, cringing and craven. As I said a year ago:

The weepy passive candlelight vigils – the maudlin faux tears and the Smug Moral Preening overdose – aren’t enough. If you don’t want to put out the fire, it will burn your world to the ground.

We are very brave when it comes to junior ministers and international cricketers. About everything else, not so much.


Catallaxy Files: Who owns Australia’s worst performing bank? "IndyWatch Feed"

downloadThere was a very interesting piece in the Fin this week on Australia’s worst performing bank, ME Bank.

ME Bank is owned by a number of industry super funds ;these industry super funds all use ME Bank as their sole bank.

The brain child of industry super Svengali, Garry Weaven, and ex-Treasury and RBA boss, Bernie Fraser (aka the Sandman, who thought it was appropriate to sit on the boards of several super funds plus ME Bank), the key bit of the following story is this:

The industry super funds are booking the supposed gain in the capital value of ME Bank (based on a dubious methodology employed by PwC) through their P&L accounts and thereby artificially inflating the returns of the members.  Talk about fancy accounting.

You might think that APRA might have a thing or two to say about this (stop that laughing, I know that APRA doesn’t do anything to rein in the industry super funds).

You really wonder what is the point of ME Bank

Here’s the piece from the Fin:

Shareholders in Australia’s worst-performing bank are showing no signs of losing faith in the idea of building a robust competitor to the big four banks despite more than a decade of sub-par performance.

ME Bank has just won support from its owners for the injection of $110 million in extra equity capital.

It will be u...

12:38 The Biggest Difference between the Hampstead Ritual Child Abuse Case in the UK, and the Hollie Greig Ritual Child Abuse Case In the UK, IS that People Aren’t All Ending Up Dead or In Jail "IndyWatch Feed National"

Everything pisses me off about this whole new campaign to try and suppress allegations that there is an elite group of pedophiles making inordinate amounts of money on the buying and selling of children. The exact same allegations that our nation’s are facing NOW are exactly like the first types of allegations that came out BEFORE back in the 80’s when this first got exposed both in the US and the UK. In fact these exact same allegations are, once again, emerging in mass TODAY in the UK, although the same people involved with the cover up before are insisting that there still isn’t any evidence of such crimes and insist that they aren’t covering anything up this time either- despite the overwhelming evidence that points completely opposite. EVERYONE knows- without a doubt- that the UK covered up their “little child sexual abuse problem” in the 80’s and both the UK as well as the US clamped down hard and suppressed and completely controlled any conversation regarding these allegations and have done so for the last 30+ years. But a huge well organized and well funded pedophile ring is really the only thing that really explains why an astronomical amount of children are disappearing globally each year, and why so many others are reporting horrific abuse.

Now the UK is being fed this Hampstead case and are taking two really beautiful ARYAN children, who are really- truly- telling us the truth in dealing with their deplorable and extreme abuse- explained through their child’s perspective who have basically had every person in their young lives wanting to fuck them- literally as well as figuratively- whose abusers and there their supporters are now parading around like some circus come to town, once again using them for whatever needs these parasites see fit. It stands alone from the rest of the other the 19 cases however, in that it is the only one who has its own opposing websites, and has the media focus that is has and has had for some time now....


Catallaxy Files: Deregulation and cost cutting is needed, not indicative planning "IndyWatch Feed"

Here is an extract from a piece I have in today’s Herald Sun which rather pessimistically reflects on the detrimental effects of the active leadership that is the inevitable outcome of politicians like Malcolm Turnbull who “want to make a difference” by guiding the economy in the direction they see as offering most benefit.  With the Asian economic boom poor policy at home was counteracted.  With the ending of that boom there is no such cushion.

Nationally, the Coalition Government has made little headway in reversing the spending excesses and regulatory damage the Rudd/Gillard years imposed on business.  And, with regard to spending, it appears to have ceased trying to do so under Malcolm Turnbull.

The picture is no more promising regarding regulation.  In the case of agriculture, output has stagnated just when Asian demand is taking off.  This is due first to planning regulations to prevent more land being used for agricultural purposes, which was the principle means to meet emission restraints agreed to under the 1997 Kyoto agreement.

The effect of banning agricultural expansion was greatly amplified by governments purchasing irrigators’ water for environmental purposes from the Murray Darling system.  At the initiative of Malcolm Turnbull as John Howard’s Environment Minister, a third of the system’s water has been taken, crippling the productivity of a region formerly responsible for 40 per cent of the nation’s agricultural output.  This was in response to hysteria whipped up by green activists who falsely claimed irrigation was bringing salinity and that the drought from 1997-2009 was climate change induced and permanent.  The bureaucratic machinery administering this lives-on.

As Environment Minister in the Howard Government, Mr Turnbull was also an enthusiastic proponent of other harmful policies that germinated in t...



AFTINET: Mining company suit against US government tar sands decision shows TPP threat "IndyWatch Feed"

January 9, 2016: The  Huffington Post  reprots that just two months after the Obama administration rejected TransCanada's bid to build the dangerous Keystone XL tar sands pipeline - a landmark victory for the movement to keep fossil fuels in the ground - the Canadian corporation announced it will retaliate by using ISDS in NAFTA, a TPP-like trade deal,


Bill Mitchell – billy blog: Saturday Quiz – January 9, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed"

Welcome to the Billy Blog Saturday Quiz. The quiz tests whether you have been paying attention over the last seven days. See how you go with the following questions. Your results are only known to you and no records are retained.

1. As a matter of accounting, the financial assets held by the non-government sector rise $-for-$ when a sovereign government issues debt.

2. When government bond yields for new issues start to rise, government spending becomes more expensive.



Independent Australia: The bunfight over super intelligence "IndyWatch Feed"

The bunfight over super intelligenceSome very bright people think that the quest for artificial intelligence could become an existential threat to humanity. But to make sense of the universe, we sure could use the services of super-smart machines as long as we're super-sure they know their place, says Peter Boyer. read now...


No Right Turn: Minister's conflicts of interest "IndyWatch Feed"

DPMC has finally released 2014-15 Ministerial conflict of interest data - only three months late. This year's release has a bit more detail than the last one, with a better explanation of the nature of the conflicts. They still avoid naming particular companies, though - which seems odd if they're also named in Parliament's Register of Pecuniary Interests. If something is publicly known and declared, then there's no privacy or confidentiality interest in withholding; refusing to release such information simply seems like more of DPMC's petty secrecy.


No Fibs: Health Troubles: The high price of budget cuts @novidados comments "IndyWatch Feed National"

It’s no secret that the government wants to cut the health budget. The Commission of Audit report, published in early 2014 argued that current expenditure on health was not sustainable without reform and  recommended co-payments as high as $15 for general patients, and $7.50 for concession card holders. The rationale behind this, the report states, […]

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Nour writes, translates and makes videos. She is co-researcher on a project about market society and the reshaping of North/South relations.


The Watchers » Latest articles: Persistent drought threatens South Africa's food supplies "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Record high temperatures were recorded in Johannesburg, South Africa on January 7, 2016. The region has been facing persistent drought conditions and related food shortage since December 2015 when the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued an alert...... Read more »

The Watchers » Latest articles: State of emergency declared over the largest natural gas leak in US, California "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A state of emergency was declared over a large natural gas leak pouring high quantities of methane and other gases into a Los Angeles neighborhood on January 6, 2016. Numerous residents reported health issues and thousands of people have been forced to evacuate the...... Read more »


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Beach parking fines an ‘act of war’ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Yesterday I drove to Whites Beach with a friend.

As we passed Bray’s Beach car park I noticed the unexpected arrival of the dreaded yellow envelope.

Literally the entire line of cars on the western side of the road at both Brays and Whites car park all had $240 fines. There were many confused beach goers milling around chatting over the very unexpected scenario.

The western side of the road at both car parks has no signage for ‘No Parking’ or ‘No Stopping’. So these fines have all been issued illegally by the council and should not be paid.

Also, many cars on the east side of the road had fines. At Whites for example, only the six or so cars that fit into the ‘nose in’ parking did not have fines. All of the other cars around these ones on the eastern side of the road were also decorated with $240 fines.

There are ‘No Stopping’ signs 100m or so back down the road on the eastern side of the road but these don’t seem to apply to the designated beach car parks.

So imagine… yesterday… once there were 6 cars at Whites Beach – no matter where you parked at Whites Beach, your beach fee for the day would be $240. That must be some nice beach.

People have been parking safely and happily around the Broken Head back beaches for decades. This is like an act of war by the council against the local people. Illegally fining people…. and $240?! Who can afford that?

Something needs to be done.

Tristan Bray, Upper Wilsons Creek

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Common Ground North Coast: Falls Music and Arts Festival Music Wrap-up "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Another gorgeous year’s Falls Festival at Byron Bay is done and dusted, but festivals are a dime a dozen these days with some being better than others, so how did this one stack up?

From the time we drove North from Byron Bay to the North Byron Parklands up the Pacific Highway, there was an atmosphere of calm contrary to what one would expect whilst a world class festival is being held.
The parking situation was easy – almost too easy – and the volunteers were kind, friendly and knowledgeable. Security was much the same.

Entering the festival grounds we noted that they were busy, but not crowded. There appeared to be a distinctly different crowd than another festival earlier in the year – friendly, happy, chilled – which is a testament to the type of event Falls Festival is.

A world class medley of acts spread across two stages over three days was more than enough to keep us entertained, highlights of this particular author being found in Art Vs Science, The Maccabees, Børns, Halsey, Birds of Tokyo and The Rubens.

The Wrap-up: Falls Festival was extremely positive, well organised, and wholesome. We give Falls a 10/10.

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Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Dover Update! | Anti-Fascist Network "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Dover Update! | Anti-Fascist Network: London

London Antifascists have announced they’re running coaches to Dover on the day. If you want a seat with them, email ldnantifascists[at]riseup[dot]net with the subject line “Coaches2Dover“. Facebook event here.


Brighton Antifascists have also organised a coach for the day. If you live in the area and want to travel with them email brightonantifascists[at]riseup[dot]net with the subject line “BRIGHTON2DOVER“. Cost will be �10 waged or �5 unwaged. Facebook event here.


Manchester Antifascists are organising transport and accomodation for anyone who wants to travel with them. They’ll be leaving Friday eve and getting back Sunday lunch time. Cost is approximatly �15-20. Email them at Manchesterantifascists[at]riseup[dot]net before 16th Jan if you’re interested. Facbook event here.


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: New Emails Reveal More Damning Details About Laquan McDonald’s Death - Yahoo News "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

New Emails Reveal More Damning Details About Laquan McDonald’s Death - Yahoo News: One email from McDonald estate attorney Michael Robbins seems to suggest that Emanuel's office only offered the multimillion-dollar settlement in exchange for the family's promise to keep the video from public view.

"The provision as drafted, that we maintain the confidentiality, of the materials — principally the dash cam video —until the criminal charges are concluded, which could be in effect for years, is entirely unreasonable," Robbins wrote to Thomas Platt, one of the City of Chicago's lawyers, on April 6, according to the Daily Beast. "Nor was any such broad-sweeping confidentiality provision discussed during our meetings."


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Constitutional Smoke & Mirrors Behind the Oregon Standoff "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Constitutional Smoke & Mirrors Behind the Oregon Standoff: [] Bundy and his militiamen are claiming this land belongs to the ranchers because the ranchers were working this land before the federal government declared it a wildlife refuge. But what they fail to recognize is that the Harney Basin where the Hammond ranch is located was settled in the 1870s while it was still Native American land. Bundy’s group is protesting for Constitutional rights (that contradict the constitution) to land that was illegally settled. In essence, if we go back to the original settlement of the land in question, Bundy’s group is advocating that the Federal government and Native American tribes have no stake in the land at all- a stance that is in complete opposition to the constitution. “The irony of the Bundy protest is that by their own rationale, these folks have no claim to any land in the west–let alone political autonomy over it,” states Anthony Broadman, a Seattle attorney who represents tribal governments.


Catallaxy Files: The Guardianship of Expert "IndyWatch Feed"

The governing paradigm of the Islamic Republic of Iran is something called Vilayat-e Faqih.  This sort of translates to the Guardianship of the Jurist which calls for a senior cleric to oversee Islamic government because he (note the he) possesses the qualifications of complete knowledge of Islamic law and total justice in its execution.  Essentially, in Iran, the Supreme Leader is the custodian of the Iranian citizenry.

Now my grasp of Farsi is non-existent so I cannot offer a foreign sounding equivalent, but welcome to Australia, where the emerging governing paradigm is the Guardianship of Expert.  And whilst there is essentially a separation between the traditional “Church” and State, the Expert elite consider themselves the custodians of the Australian citizenry.  They know what is good for you and your views on the matter are not relevant.

  • You want to ride your bicycle 200 meters to the shops without a helmet – $400 fine in NSW.
  • You want to join the military in Tasmania, sure from age 18.  But if you want to smoke cigarettes in the military in Tasmania, not between the ages 18 to 25.
  • You are low skilled and unemployed but want to get into the workforce and are prepared to work for less than the minimum wage (somewhere between nil for an internal and just less than the minimum wage) – sorry, it’s illegal.
  • You want to drive your car and pick up passengers for a fee – nope.  You can’t compete with the state anointed providers.

In 1835, Alexis de Tocqueville was writing about America, but more accurately than Nostradamus, de Tocqueville described Australia in 2016 ….

Society will develop a new kind of servitude which covers the surface of society with a network of complicated rules, through which the most original minds and the most energetic characters cannot penetrate. It does not tyrannise but it compresses, enervates, extinguishes, and stupefies a people, till each nation is...


Catallaxy Files: You want crazy, I’ll give you crazy "IndyWatch Feed"

Trump’s protectionist beliefs are old news but this has shown up on Instapundit today: Trump wants a 45 percent tax on Chinese imports.

“I would tax China on products coming in,” the Republican presidential front-runner told the New York Times. “And the tax, let me tell you what the tax should be … the tax should be 45 percent.”

The savvy [!!!] New York businessman released a policy paper on U.S.-China trade reform in early November that detailed his plans, as president, to take action against China’s currency manipulation and intellectual property theft, and to strengthen America’s negotiating position with the potential U.S. adversary.

Until now, however, none of Trump’s rhetoric on U.S.-Chinese relations has included any mention of a 45 percent tariff on Chinese exports to the U.S.

I know history is bunk and all that, but do we really want to bring back Herbert Hoover and the Great Depression? The story inserts the mildest, virtually non-existent criticism of such an idea, that makes you worry that this may well be an idea whose time has come, even if it will be a idea whose time will have gone a year after it would be put in:

According to David Dollar, a senior fellow in the Brookings Institution’s China Center, Trump’s suggested tariff could open the door to negative implications for both countries, if instituted.

“Negative implications” – that’s really nailing it. On top of everything going on already, to stop international trade in its tracks would be a policy as devastating as it is possible to have. Even the comment at Instapundit – “As Tom Nichols tweets, ‘I bet this sounds awesome to people who have no idea how much stuff they buy...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Casino cops run over man in broad daylight "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A police car ran over a man sleeping in Casino's Memorial Park on Wednesday (January 6). Photo Facebook

A police car ran over a man sleeping in Casino’s Memorial Park on Wednesday (January 6). Photo Facebook

Police are remaining tight-lipped after officers driving through a Casino park on Wednesday afternoon ran over a man who was sleeping off too much drink under a tree.

An investigation is underway after police ran over the 41-year-old man in Memorial Park at around 4pm while following up on alleged theft of alcohol from a shop nearby.

Richmond LAC crime manager Nicole Bruce on Wednesday told APN Media the incident was ‘unfortunate’, adding ‘luckily the gentleman didn’t sustain serious injuries’.

But a locally based social media crime-watch group claims the man did in fact sustain very serious injuries and had to undergo an extensive operation as a result.

The website quoted an unnamed relative as saying the victim had undergone ‘nine hours of surgery on his mangled leg and his mangled ear that had to be stitched together again’.

But Echonetdaily has been unable to verify the validity of these claims after police closed ranks yesterday morning, refusing to comment or respond to our requests for information.

A NSW Police Media spokesperson told us late yesterday that she had a ‘holding statement’ on the incident.

The statement reads as follows:

‘A man has suffered minor injuries after being hit by a police car at Casino.

‘About 4pm the man was struck while lying in the grounds of Memorial Park at Casino.

‘The 41-year-old was taken to...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Cinema Review: The Peanuts Movie "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The art of the newspaper cartoonist is sadly unappreciated. To capture the world every day in four frames and not many more words is a rare talent and over the years those gifted with it have provided insight and humour – solace, even – for countless readers in all languages. Characters such as Dagwood, Bristow and Hagar the Horrible developed binding relationships with their followers, but perhaps the most famous of them all is Charlie ‘good grief’ Brown.

Created by Charles M Schultz in 1950, the trials and tribulations of self-doubting but indefatigable Charlie still resonate, so Steve Martino’s adaptation of them to the big screen was (by this punter, at least) keenly anticipated. Schultz’s drawings were minimalist in style and Martino has stuck true to those simple lines, but his team of animators has gone to great lengths to create, with wonderfully vivid colours, Charlie’s Saturday Evening Post town and environs – the kids playing ice-hockey is one of many visual treats. The gang come to life off the page – Linus, Lucy with her pavement stall dispensing psychiatric help, Pig-Pen, Patti, Schroeder playing Beethoven on his tiny grand piano and, of course, Charlie’s dog Snoopy. They are all voiced by youngsters (Charlie’s Noah Schnapp is eleven years old), which contributes immensely to the movie’s authenticity, but Martino is somewhat let down by a messy screenplay that is not quite able to merge the two threads of his story. Charlie is smitten by a cute new girl at school and, in his hesitant way, he will try anything to gain her attention. Snoopy, as in the stri.....


Corporate Australia: One-third of Australian pensioners live in poverty: OECD report "IndyWatch Feed National"

One-third of Australian pensioners live in poverty, according to a report by the OECD,
One-third of Australian pensioners live in poverty, according to a report by the OECD, Photo: Greg Newington
More than one-third of Australian pensioners are living below the poverty line, making the country among the worst performers in the world for the financial security of older people.

The findings of the OECD report, Pensions at a Glance 2015, compared Australia to 33 other countries.

Australia was ranked second lowest on social equity, with 36 per cent of pensioners living below the poverty line, which the report defined as half the relevant country's median household income.

Australian pensioners fared better than their counterparts in South Korea, where 50 per cent live below the poverty line but performed poorly against the OECD average of 12.6 per cent.

The report, released last month, found the Australian government contributes less to old-age benefits than other OECD countries. The Australian government spends 3.5 per cent of GDP on the pension, below the OECD average of 7.9 per cent.

The findings are backed up by the Global Age Watch Index 2015 report card which rates countries by how well their older populations are faring.

It ranked Australia lowest in its region on income security, due to the high rate of old age poverty and pension coverage which is below the regional average.

Paul Versteege​, senior research and advocacy adviser with...


Catallaxy Files: Hey,hey, it’s rent-seekers calling "IndyWatch Feed"

Don’t you just love the arguments of the beneficiaries of protection.  No, no, no … consumers don’t want more choice; they are perfectly happy.  Oh and the dangers of allowing more competition – has the government thought about them.

It’s always the same but it’s getting pretty desperate for the industry super funds as their monopoly over default funds is about to broken open.  And what about the weird and incomprehensible reference to behavioural economics, as if this is somehow proof that the government should leave well enough alone.  Oh please.

(By the way, Ken Marshman, my fellow alumni, should know better.)

Here’s the piece in the Fin:

Allowing more workers to choose their superannuation fund will be costly to business and could even land employers in court for giving poor financial advice, one of the nation’s biggest industry super funds warns.

The Turnbull government has released draft laws designed to give more employees the freedom to choose a fund rather than have it mandated in a union-brokered enterprise agreement.

Freedom-of-fund choice was also a recommendation of the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption which handed down its final report in late December.

“In short, none of the arguments made against freedom of choice are compelling,” Commissioner Dyson Heydon said.

But retail industry fund REST, which has 2 million m...


Senator Jacqui Lambie - PUTTING TASMANIA FIRST: Why are King Island residents forced to pay $1000 to visit a dentist and get a filling? "IndyWatch Feed"

Independent Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has called on both state and federal Liberal governments to act immediately and lower the cost of airfares for residents of King Island, following her recent visit to the island and briefing with Mayor Duncan McFie.

“The only way on and off King Island for residents, is to fly. Both federal and state governments need to do a lot more to drastically lower the cost of airfares for King Island residents. It’s an outrage that a trip to the dentist to fix a filling that’s fallen out can cost a minimum of $1000,” Senator Lambie said.

“Premier Will Hodgman and Prime Minister Turnbull should hang their heads in shame. King Island residents are Australians too and deserve to pay a fair price to access the mainland or Tasmania.

“It’s obvious after speaking with King Island Mayor Duncan McFie and many other residents, during my visit before Christmas, that all major political parties have taken them for granted and allowed an unfair and dangerous situation to develop,” Senator Lambie said.

“The high cost of airfares has an adverse impact on the health of residents and will stop them from obtaining proper medical checks, which keep them as healthy as other Australians. There are a number of ways that state and federal governments can lower the cost of airfares for King Island residents.

“We could expand and boost the access to existing Patient Transport Assistance Scheme (PTAS), or as Mayor McFie says, include human travel to King Island (by locals) in the Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme (TFES),” Senator Lambie said.

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Hot shorts screening at Mullum’s Flickerfest "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A scene from Nan And A Whole Lot Of Trouble, shot in Tullera, Lismore and Wardell, and produced by Lennox Head resident Lois Randall.

A scene from Nan And A Whole Lot Of Trouble, shot in Tullera, Lismore and Wardell, and produced by Lennox Head resident Lois Randall.

A short film shot on location in Tullera, Lismore and Wardell and produced by a Lennox Head resident is one of the highlights  in Australia’s biggest short-film festival, Flickerfest, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

The film Nan And A Whole Lot Of Trouble was produced by north coast local Lois Randall and directed by award winning indigenous director Dena Curtis.

It will have its world premiere at Flickerfest Sydney in the Academy Accredited Australian competition and its northern rivers premiere at Flickerfest when it tours Mullumbimby later this month.

Flickerfest is the country’s largest international short-film competition and screens for 10 days under the summer stars at Bondi Beach this month.

Over the next five months, a selection of highlights of the film festival will tour Australia and screen at more than 50 venues, with Byron shire being the first stop on January 22-24.

The Flickerfest 2016 tour will take place at the new home of Mullum Civic Hall, screening a smorgasboard of the world’s and Australia’s best shorts over one big weekend handpicked from a record 24,00 entries.



Papua New Guinea Mine Watch: NZ: Pacific Offshore Mining eyes Bay of Plenty seabed "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A pending application to carry out mining exploration off Waihi Beach could see 12,000 hectares sampled for ilmenite, gold, iron and silver

A pending application to carry out mining exploration off Waihi Beach could see 12,000 hectares sampled for ilmenite, gold, iron and silver

Rachel Thomas | Stuff NZ

A company intending to mine the seabed off Waihi Beach should know within about two months whether they have the go-ahead to explore below the surface.

Auckland-based company Pacific Offshore Mining (POM) has applied for a five-year permit to explore for ilmenite – a titanium-iron oxide mineral – within 12,000 hectares along the Bay of Plenty’s East Coast.

As well as ilmenite, the permit would allow exploration rights to iron sands, gold and silver deposits in the seabed at depths of 20-50 metres.

The application area runs parallel to Waihi Beach down to Bowentown, and starts about two kilometres offshore.

Pacific Offshore Minerals has applied for an exploration permit for ilmenite, a titanium-iron oxide mineral, off the coast of Waihi Beach

Pacific Offshore Minerals has applied...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Warnings of mass starvation in Syria "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

This undated photo posted on the Local Revolutionary Council in Madaya, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows a starving boy in Madaya, Syria. Local Revolutionary Council in Madaya via AP

This undated photo posted on the Local Revolutionary Council in Madaya, which has been verified and is consistent with other AP reporting, shows a starving boy in Madaya, Syria. Local Revolutionary Council in Madaya via AP

Beirut [RAW]

Warnings of widespread starvation in Syria are growing as pro-government forces besiege an opposition-held town and winter bites, darkening the already bleak outlook for peace talks the United Nations hopes to convene this month.

The blockade of Madaya, near the Lebanon border, has become a focal issue for Syrian opposition leaders who told a UN envoy this week they will not take part in talks with the government until it and other sieges are lifted.

The United Nations says it has received credible reports of people dying from starvation in the town. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which tracks the war, puts the toll at 10, while opposition activists say it is in the dozens.

Reuters could not independently confirm the reports.

‘We were living on tree leaves, on plants, but now we are struggling in a snow storm and there are no more plants or leaves,’ said Majed Ali, 28, an opposition acti.......


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: China wants party voice ‘strongest on net’ "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Lu Wei, head of the General Office of the Central Leading Group for Internet Security and Informatization, speaks during a press conference in Beijing on December 9, 2015. China's internet tsar likened controlling Chinese internet usage to ‘trying to nail Jell-O to a wall’, but admitted the government had toughened censorship in recent years. Photo AP/Imaginechina

Lu Wei, head of the General Office of the Central Leading Group for Internet Security and Informatization, speaks during a press conference in Beijing on December 9, 2015. China’s internet tsar likened controlling Chinese internet usage to ‘trying to nail Jell-O to a wall’, but admitted the government had toughened censorship in recent years. Photo AP/Imaginechina

Shanghai [RAW]

China’s internet regulator has vowed to make the views of the ruling communist party the ‘strongest voice in cyberspace’, as part of efforts to strengthen its tightening grip on the internet.

Following a two-day meeting the Cyberspace Administration of China also said a priority this year would be ‘using Chinese views, Chinese plans to lead to a transformation in the governance system of the internet globally’.

Chinese president Xi Jinping has championed a vision for cyberspace in which internet ‘sovereignty’ rests in the hands of countries that can control the flow of information and fence off certain online content as they please.

Since Xi took Ch...


loon pond: Thanks Sabra, for that unusual, some might say most uniquely unusual, silly season report ... on the tragedy of irrelevance ... "IndyWatch Feed"

It's a dull day down at the herpetarium, it's the end of the week, it's the holyday silly season, and so of course the pond was going to be drawn, in its fatigued state, to last night's 7.30 report ...

How could so much good stuff be packed into a short amount of time?

The subject was ostensibly the Churchill painting hanging on the wall of Abbott's office ...

Now Churchill wasn't much of a painter, and even the hagiographers at Churchill's eponymous site here had to let in a few carpers and complainers ...

A critical biographer, Robert Payne claimed that Churchill was not a very good painter or...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Book on immunity top pick at UN library "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Malala’s book was the most popular but immunity is always on a diplomat’s mind.

Malala’s book was the most popular but immunity is always on a diplomat’s mind.

New York [DPA]

A 2015 book on immunity of state officials for international crimes was among the most popular books checked out at the United Nations library in New York last year, topping the list for newly acquired books.

The book, Immunity of Heads of State and State Officials for International Crimes, by Ramona Pedretti, was checked out twice and borrowed for in-house browsing four times in 2015, UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said.

He noted that the overall most popular book during the year was I am Malala, written by Pakistani education activist and Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai, which was checked out eight times.

Pedretti’s book, which was based on her doctoral thesis, offers ‘a comprehensive assessment of the rules of customary international law relating to immunity of heads of state and other state officials in the context of crimes pursuant to international law’, according to the publisher. The book costs $US232 ($A329).

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Major property loss feared in Yarloop fire "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Smoke clouds from a large bushfire are seen behind a police roadblock near Pinjarra, Western Australia, on Thursday. AAP Image/Richard Wainwright

Smoke clouds from a large bushfire are seen behind a police roadblock near Pinjarra, Western Australia, on Thursday. AAP Image/Richard Wainwright

Perth [AAP]

Homes and other buildings in the small West Australian township of Yarloop are feared lost in the bushfire burning south of Perth.

Authorities will be unable to confirm the losses until daylight, but local MP Murray Cowper says residents who stayed to protect their homes have told him numerous buildings in the town have been destroyed.

‘Yarloop has sustained heavy damage,’ Mr Cowper told the ABC.

‘Fire came down the hill and I understand it has gone through the town site.

‘There’s unconfirmed reports that we’ve lost the pub and a number of other significant buildings.’

Mr Cowper said he was ‘thankful’ no lives had been lost so far.

One local resident told the Seven Network she had been ‘getting phone calls confirming the house is gone, my sister’s house, my mum’s house all gone. It’s all gone. There is nothing there’.

This weekend’s Southbound music festival has also...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Clean-up begins as rain eases in NSW "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Flood rescue specialists from Fire and Rescue NSW check properties in Raymond Terrace in the Hunter Valley north of Sydney. AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Flood rescue specialists from Fire and Rescue NSW check properties in Raymond Terrace in the Hunter Valley north of Sydney. AAP Image/Dean Lewins

Sydney [AAP]

As conditions ease across NSW, emergency crews are hoping residents who were evacuated from a town near Newcastle will be able to return home.

Floodwaters began to subside on Thursday afternoon and crews were hoping to let all residents of flood-affected Raymond Terrace return home by evening, an SES spokeswoman told AAP.

Emergency services in the hardest-hit areas in the Hunter region spent the day delivering assistance to those stranded by the weather and looking at storm damage, she said.

In southern NSW, a rescue helicopter managed to reach around 41 campers who have been isolated by floodwaters since Sunday in the Deua National park west of Moruya.

SES dropped off food and supplies to the campers and would try to get them out when the floodwaters are expected to subside on Saturday.

Off the coast, searches have failed to find 62-year-old Mal Lennon who was swept by a huge wave from a yacht on Wednesday morning and police fear he has drowned.

Mr Lennon, described as an experienced sailor, had be...


Global Justice Ecology Project: Genetically Engineered Tree Company ArborGen Found Guilty of Abusing Workers: $53.5M awarded to employees "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

New York (8 January 2015) – Biotech firm ArborGen, a leader in the realm of genetically modified trees, is on the hook for $53.5 million in compensation fees after a court ruling that it failed to honor employees’ rights under... Read More

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Smelly Qld corpse flower blooms "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Cairns corpse flower, or Spud, as it’s affectionately known. Photo Cairns Botanic Gardens Facebook page.

The Cairns corpse flower, or Spud, as it’s affectionately known. Photo Cairns Botanic Gardens Facebook page.

Cairns [AAP]

A rose by any other name wouldn’t smell this blooming awful.

But the titan arum – commonly called the corpse flower – didn’t get its nickname for nothing.

The enormous, bizarre flower emits a rotting animal stench, which it uses to attract pollinating insects during a 24-hour-long bloom every few years.

And despite the pong, the nation’s biggest specimen, which fully opened in Cairns on Thursday night, is expected to attract thousands of visitors before it starts to wilt late on Friday.

The 2.82 metre tall flower – one of five at the gardens – last opened in 2013 and has dazzled botanists with its large dark purple ‘skirt’.

‘It has the largest unbranched inflorescence [flower head] in the world,’ Cairns Botanic Gardens curator David Warmington told AAP of the species.

‘It really is a brilliant sight.’

The corpse flower’s short pollination period makes it a rare spectacle in its natural Sumatran habitat but it has found a home in numerous Australian botanic gardens....


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Manga drawing and portraits in clay for kids at Tweed gallery "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"



Japanese cartoon drawing workshops, animal games and clay classes are all part of the kids activities being offered at Murwillumbah’s Tweed Regional Gallery these school holidays.

Tweed Regional Gallery director Susi Muddiman said kids could get involved with Animal Self, a new exhibition of self-portraits by Joanna Braithwaite where the artist is surrounded by animals in three large and interactive paintings.

‘Kids can play with dog puppets, add a kookaburra to the fence or put themselves in the picture with large cut-out chickens. These activities are free and available each day during gallery hours,’ Ms Muddiman said.

On Sunday (10 January) children can work with salt dough to create and mould special food items when artist and teacher Carleen Joy leads a free Salt Dough Supper activity in the gallery foyer. The first session will be held from 10.30am to noon DST and the second from 1pm to 2.30pm DST.

Ms Muddiman said talented illustrator and Manga buff David Lovegrove would hold a Manga Workshop on Monday 18 January for kids aged 10 to 14 years who are interested in comic book art or drawing.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Lismore Airport ‘wrong place’ for rescue chopper base "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Paramedics and Ballina MP Tamara Smith have opposed moves to relocate the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter's base, saying it is prone to fog and could impact service.

Paramedics and Ballina MP Tamara Smith have opposed moves to relocate the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter’s base, saying it is prone to fog and could impact service.

The Australian Paramedics Association and Ballina MP Tamara Smith are opposing plans to move the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter Service’s operations base to Lismore Airport, saying it may delay response times and risk lives.

The plan was floated in 2014 after the expanded helicopter service was given responsibility for a wider area and new, larger helicopters were ordered requiring a bigger helipad.

But paramedics say the area is prone to fog and a gathering place for fruit bats, which could reduce operating hours by more than 30 per cent.

Frontline workers say there has been no risk assessment done on the Lismore Airport location and a flood plan is yet to be completed.

They claim they were not consulted about the relocation of the service and are concerned patients could die if response times increase as a result of the move.

The Australian Paramdeics Association has called for a rethink on the relocation and Ms Smith has thrown her weight behind them, even though work on the new base is due to commence next month.

Ms Smith said she was concerned that ‘those operating the frontline of our rescue chopper service were left out of the consultation period’.

She added that ‘despite being vocal about having the pad location reconsidered for safety and take off factors i........


Independent Australia: Our voices and actions bring hope for the year ahead "IndyWatch Feed"

Our voices and actions bring hope for the year aheadIt is clear, argues Dr David Suzuki, that during 2015, those who believed in standing up and speaking out to protect the planet and its people would be heard — and governments would respond. read now...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Man dies after fatal collision near Yamba "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A report will be prepared for the Coroner after a fatal collision at Tyndale yesterday.

About 11.45am (Thursday 7 January 2016), emergency services were called to the Pacific Highway following reports of a crash.

Police have been told a northbound Holden Commodore collided with a guard rail, before hitting a southbound Toyota Camry, and then a power pole.

The driver of the Commodore, an 89-year-old man, was treated by NSW Ambulance Paramedics on scene before being taken to Gold Coast Hospital. He was pronounced dead on route.

The 87-year-old female passenger was taken to Lismore Base Hospital for treatment for possible arm and leg fractures.

The two occupants of the Camry were not injured as a result of the incident.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page.



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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Tweed woman locks onto truck at Pilliga CSG plant "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

A 52-year-old woman from Tweed Heads has locked herself under a worker’s truck at the Santos Leewood CSG wastewater treatment facility near Narrabri in the Pilliga forest, holding up work for the day.

The truck is blocking all access to the facility preventing any further traffic from entering the site, and halting construction of this large-scale coal seam gas infrastructure.

The woman, Mina Hunt, a disability worker, said she’d ‘never done anything like this before but I know the risks of the coal seam gas are too great to accept’.

‘I have adult children and hope one day to have grandchildren. Coal seam gas is one of the biggest threats for a sustainable future, and I’m hopeful that more and more people will stand up against destructive industries to help ensure a safe future for the coming generations,’ Ms Hunt said.

‘Santos has already contaminated an aquifer with uranium and other heavy metals. Neither Santos, the NSW government, nor any scientist can provide a guarantee that our precious groundwater will not be contaminated again or that the Great Artesian Basin will not be de-pressurised by Santos’ 850 well Narrabri Gas Project.’

A Lock the Gate spokesperson told Echonetdaily that the Leewood facility is designed to treat one million litres of toxic coal seam gas water every day before using it to irrigate crops on site.

The approval of the facility has been challenged in the courts by Narrabri-based group, People for the Plains, which is being advised by the NSW Environment Defenders Office (EDO).


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"IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": Focus On Fauna: Mr (or Ms) Prickles takes a bath "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

Sitting by the dam is the place to be in summer, as the wildlife go there to cool off as much as we do. The best time is just as the sun is setting (probably when the sun is rising too but I give that a miss). The dragonflies are still out, the birds come […]


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Byron Bay’s paid-parking bastardry "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

What an act of bastardry is paid parking in Byron Bay.

I can put up with the crappy roads, the grid lock traffic, the ‘we’ve given up’ look about the place but little did I realise the horror paid parking was going to be.

I now add $3 to the cost of my daily newspaper and my coffee has just gone from $4.50 to $7.50 once I add in the parking.

And a favourite pastime of browsing the bookshop is limited to an hour and charged accordingly.

I didn’t think anything or anyone could upset my love of Byron but our mighty council is doing just that.

Interestingly I went to Ballina today and drove on good roads, enjoyed a revitalised main shopping strip, grabbed a great coffee at the Lighthouse Cafe – and didn’t pay parking anywhere! Maybe Byron Council should visit Ballina and see how it’s done?

Ross McGregor, Newrybar

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Minister shows the gateway to domestic abuse "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

‘Mad Wowser’ minister Dutton, is quick to bat for party boy Briggs with his claimed accidental ‘mad f…… witch’ reaction sent to a woman journalist critical of the clown, but despite being repeatedly alerted to an immigration fraud which I have repeatedly alerted to him, he is a deaf, dumb, and blind three-headed monkey to department affairs he needs to address, even after reports of internal department corruption in 2014.

It’s not funny, it demonstrates the conservatives within the Liberals believe they are more important than anyone else, but worse, anyone objecting to a drunk making unwanted advances should be abused with heavy profanity; it is in fact a culture at the gateway to violent domestic abuse just up the road, and Turnbull must start educating his own party before the wider community in how to be a gentleman not just by name but also by nature.

John Dobinson, Balwyn North, Victoria

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"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Award a joke when Tweed’s koala protection is wanting "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

How bizarre that Tweed Shire Council would win a local government Excellence in the Environment Award for their Tweed Coast Koala Plan of Management (KPoM), yet in the same week their Tweed Coast Koala Habitat Study (TCKHS) revealed that coastal koalas are in severe decline.

Perhaps the local government did not read renowned koala expert Dr Steve Phillips’ submission on council’s Draft Comprehensive KPoM which he said does not contain the bold recovery-oriented actions necessary to prevent koala extinction.

In fact, council’s shiny new KPoM does not even apply to one of the last remaining ‘stable’ koala cells at Black Rocks/Pottsville Wetlands. Black Rocks koalas have their own Independent KPoM which is 10 years old, out of date and many of its recommendations were never implemented by council.

How incredibly sloppy of council to neglect giving these koalas the most basic protection under the KPoM when koala populations are plummeting!

Council passed a motion in May 2015 requiring a population study of Black Rocks koalas yet this was waived with a magic wand because the TCKHS covered it, even though there were no credible population estimates in that study (estimated 24-264 koalas left on the Tweed coast).

At that same council meeting a report was commissioned on how to stop hooning at Black Rocks. The solution? A few more bollards. These bollards are at an angle meaning council mowers have to reverse constantly to get around them meaning a lot more noise for koalas on the access road.

Koalas need 18-20...


Indian Country Headline News: Educating the Oregon Militia on The Northern Paiute’s ‘Trail of Tears’ "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

When Ammon Bundy, son of Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who faced off against Bureau of Land Management agents in an...

Indian Country Headline News: Y’all Qaeda Militia Not Welcomed by Oregon Locals "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Self-described “patriots,” members of a militia that is not exactly “well-regulated” (as the Second Amendment requires)...


Global Justice Ecology Project: Earth Watch: Angela Spotts of Stop Fracking Payne County "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

KPFK radio’s Sojourner Truth radio show makes its 2016 debut with “Earth Watch” guest Angela Spotts, co-founder of Stop Fracking Payne County in Oklahoma. Spotts digs into the connections between the recent explosion of earthquakes in Oklahoma and fracking, and what... Read More

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EcoWatch: The People Win Over Shell in Fracking Water Withdrawal Case "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Just south of the Finger Lakes region in New York’s Steuben County is a valley where three waterways meet to form...


Dakota Rural Action: Dakota Rural Action: Statement on the PUC’s Keystone XL Decision "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

We are deeply disappointed by the decision reached Tuesday by the Public Utilities Commission. The Keystone XL pipeline will not be built. President Barack Obama rejected the Presidential Permit last year, and actions Wednesday by TransCanada to sue the United States suggest the company has given up on the project. The Commission’s decision to not deny certification of the South Dakota permit leaves landowners crossed by the route in a never-ending limbo.

Further, we cannot accept the Commission’s argument that TransCanada needed to do nothing more than file a few pieces of paper in order to certify their permi...


The Ecologist: Trans-Canada sues US for $15 billion over KXL refusal "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

The US government is being sued for $15 billion for its cancellation of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline last year in order to combat climate change. The legal challenge under NAFTA sends a warning to all countries contemplating similar 'free trade' agreements.

05:58 The Case of Hollie Greig that the Hampstead Case is Desperately Being Used to Distract From "IndyWatch Feed National"

The Hollie Greig case is one where a little girl with Down Syndrome who spoke of being ritually abused (exactly the same way the Hampstead children have spoken about) who miraculously came down with an STD. (Like many of the children did in the US who ALSO spoke of the same types of abuse in the 80’s). Here is a synopsis of her case…

Hollie Greig case summary (written by one of the Hollie supporters):

Hollie G. Summary:

1. Hollie Greig made serious allegations of child sex abuse to Aberdeen Police in 2000 and named 22 alleged abusers and 7 alleged victims (in addition to herself). The alleged abusers include social workers, a judge, (the boyfriend of Elish Angolini, who went on to become Scotlands Procurer Fiscal; a senior police forensics officer (since deceased) (was his career helpful re. removing the evidence and person of Roy Greig?) and two Head Teachers.

2. Until now the Aberdeen Police have refused to interview more than at most 2 of the 22 named suspects and none of the 7 victims named by Hollie. H. first disclosed her abuse when her and her mum took flight to a woman’s refuge leaving the abusive father. Initially, she just named dad and brother and full statements were taken. These two were not arrested and fled abroad to Portugal. Robert G. found later, a document that proved that police had their names as paedophiles all along. They were never even though they were in an area near to Maddie mcann’s disappearance they were never pursued.

A short while later , H. named all the other abusers and came out with more and more info. A few days after full statements were taken, 10 police/ psych nurses turned up on her doorstep to forcibly inject and section Anne kidnapping her and taking her to a local hospital. Hollie was taken into care . She was clever enough to ring an independent psychiatrist when she came round who pronounced her totally sane. She got out and managed to get Hollie back.

3. No one w...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Austen Tayshus: On Malcolm Turnbull, hecklers and favourite popes "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


The year 2015 marked 35 years in the business for standup comedian and satirist Austen Tayshus. There are comedians on the circuit who haven’t even been alive that long.

But the big man behind the Ray Bans isn’t tiring. ‘I am loving it more and more,’ he says.

‘I have done around 100 shows this year. I have travelled widely throughout Australia and upset just a few more than 765 people.’

That’s probably conservative. An Austen Tayshus show isn’t for the faint-hearted. He pushes his crowds to the brink of their comfort zones, and in some cases he drives them screaming to the bottom. It’s something he’s become famous for. He’s topical, passionate, and he’s not up there to give you warm fuzzies. He wants his crowds to think, to dissect the zeitgeist.

And yes, he ALWAYS get hecklers.

‘I provoke the crowd, so I expect hecklers. But if you are heckling at my show, be prepared for me to crush you to the point where you will be screaming for Jack Kevorkian (American euthanasia activist), the Armenian Dr Death. I do push people’s buttons, but so like the Gypsy Jokers, and in the end we expect casualties at all shows.

‘Being a standup comic gives one a huge amount of freedom and a modicum of responsibility. My shows are very interactive and I love fucking with people. After all it is fairly innocuous. I often get people overreacting, unnecessarily, because it’s just a show. It’s not Anzac Day!’

Our cultural identity and the notion of what it means to be Australian has always been the core of Austen’s comedic rant. Ironically his satirical Australiana is what he is perhaps most well known for, causing crowds to think that somehow he celebrates good old-fashioned Aussie jin.....


EcoWatch: Oppose Welfare Ranching, Not Wolves "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Ranchers aren’t just occupying the federal building in Oregon, they’ve been ...


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Holyrood independence campaigners ignore eviction deadline - The Scotsman "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Holyrood independence campaigners ignore eviction deadline - The Scotsman: Scottish Parliament officials confirmed that they would now press ahead with legal action to remove the campaigners from the site.

A parliament spokesman said: “We note that the period given to the campers to remove has passed without them complying with our request. Accordingly, as we stated in our letter, we are raising court proceedings for recovery of possession and we have arrangements in hand.”

However, camp spokeswoman, Moira Williams, 46, from Polmont, said she and others living at the camp expected to remain on site for the foreseeable future and claimed that up to 25 people were visiting it every day to offer support.


EcoWatch: Beloved Orca Found Dead Due to Entanglement in Fishing Gear "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Lulu was found dead on the Scottish island of Tiree with deep lesions on her...


EcoWatch: Meat Industry Wins in Dietary Guidelines for Americans "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


“It’s astonishing that the new dietary guidelines, which are supposed to...


Latest News: Hydropower Dams Threaten One-Third of the World’s Freshwater Fish "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Projects’ true costs are being inadequately assessed, say scientists


Earth First! Newswire: The Earth First! Journal’s Winter Donor Letter "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Earth First! Journal

gimme money

Dear Earth First! Journal supporters,

Winter has arrived, even down here in Florida; and though there’s no snow packing us in, and we haven’t been storing up food for the colder months, it does feel like things are settling down here at the Journal.

Maybe we’re breathing easier because our fourth issue of the year, Yule 2015, has just been printed.
This means that, for the first time since its move to the swamps, the Journal has accomplished its goal of becoming a quarterly magazine. After taking a break from printing in 2013 to reassess our fundraising and business operations, and after producing three magazines in 2014, this year we got in the much-needed groove, and are proud of the four issues we produced—Eostar, Litha, Mabon, and Yule—each packed with news and analysis from Earth First!ers around the world.

As one would hope, printing our magazine more consistently has resulted in an increase in article submissions, letters, and employment applications. This positive response...


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: President Widodo Did Not Discuss Human Rights Violation During Papua’s Visit | West Papua No.1 News Portal "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

President Widodo Did Not Discuss Human Rights Violation During Papua’s Visit | West Papua No.1 News Portal: Djonga, the religious leader in the Papua Central Highlands, said the president’s visit on 30 December failed to live up to his promise during his previous visit for campaigning in Papua to tackle rifgts issues.

“He talked about the development and infrastructure issues as promised and it was discussed during his visit in Wamena and other locations. I highly appreciate that he was very eager to build and develop Papua, but a little disappointed because he didn’t address the human right violations that occurred in Papua,” Father Djonga told reporters in Wamena on Tuesday (5/1/2015).


Global Justice Ecology Project: Activists Face Off Against Largest Oil-By-Rail Terminal in North America "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Environmental reporter Martha Baskin recently had her piece, “Activists in Pacific Northwest Face Off Against Largest Oil-By-Rail Terminal in North America” published by In the article, Baskin explains that the  lifting of the crude oil export ban last month”is... Read More

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Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Never Mind Cliven Bundy: Here’s the Real David vs. Goliath Story Between Ranchers and Feds | Alternet "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Never Mind Cliven Bundy: Here’s the Real David vs. Goliath Story Between Ranchers and Feds | Alternet: Bundy, a multi-millionaire farmer who hasn't paid for grazing rights on public lands for more than 20 years, also stands to garner substantial support from some very wealthy enemies of President Obama. Americans for Prosperity, a conservative group backed by billionaire brothers Charles and David Koch (which spent $122 million trying to defeat Obama and other Democrats in 2012), is already instigating a campaign against the Bureau of Land Management on Bundy's behalf. It began a social media campaign, using the hashtag #BundyBattle, and is taking to the Internet to mock the time and money the bureau has wasted (some $1 million according to its poster) fighting the "little guy."

But Nevada is home to another epic battle between ranchers and the feds. As in Bundy's case, it involves ranchers Mary and Carrie Dann, whose ancestors lived on the land long before the federal government staked a claim to it.

Unlike Bundy, who claims his ancestors were homesteaders on his ranch in 1877 and never ceded it to the federal government, the Danns, two Western Shoshone sisters, were not trampling over land set aside for sensitive plants and animals. Nor were they getting rich off the land while, in essence, robbing the taxpayers of grazing fees.

The Danns have lived without running water or electricity their entire lives. Their tribe, the Western Shoshone, have lived in Nevada and parts west since time immemorial. The land was Shoshone land, and the U.S. formally agreed that was the case when it signed the 1863 Treaty of Ruby Valley, which explicitly stated that the Shoshone would never have to give up their land. That is, until the U.S. began


Aboriginal News Group Newswire: Far-right Czech Politicians Accused of Incitement in Old Blood Libel Case - Jewish World News - Haaretz - Israeli News Source "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

Far-right Czech Politicians Accused of Incitement in Old Blood Libel Case - Jewish World News - Haaretz - Israeli News Source The police launched criminal proceedings against the men on December 20, and the charges were confirmed to JTA on Tuesday.

Adam Bartos, chairman of National Democracy, a far-right Czech political party, and Ladislav Zemanek, a party official, left the signed note last Easter at a memorial to Anezka Hruzova, a 19-year-old woman who was murdered in 1899. Bartos does not deny leaving the note.

Leopold Hilsner was sentenced to death for the crime, which attorneys suggested was part of a Jewish ritual. The case received a great deal of attention and became one of Europe’s most notorious blood libel trials. Hilsner was pardoned after 18 years in prison but never acquitted.

The note, signed by Bartos and Zemanek on behalf of the National Democracy party, said the murder “united the Czech nation and showed the urgent need to solve the Jewish question. The Jewish question has not been satisfactorily dealt with to this day.”


EcoWatch: 8 Climate-Friendly Superfoods That Will Be All the Rage in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Superfoods support the immune system, reduce inflammation, support mental health and...


EcoWatch: Organic Farmers Win GMO Fight in Jackson County, Oregon "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Organic farmers are racking up new victories in the fight against "franken-food," as a...


Indian Country Headline News: Code Talker’s Dream Coming True, One Brick at a Time "IndyWatch Feed 1stpeople"

A big metal sign in front of Dan Akee’s home reads “Navajo Code Talker Lives Here.”...


EcoWatch: Monsanto and Gates Foundation Pressure Kenya to Lift Ban on GMOs "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


"The introduction of genetically modified foods is unethical and...


Global Justice Ecology Project: Know Where Your Bridge Is Going Before You Build It "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

By Rachel Smolker Originally published on The Huffington Post. For years we have been told that corn ethanol was a “bridge” to more advanced biofuels that would be better for the environment. Similarly, we were sold the bill... Read More

The post Know Where Your Bridge Is Going Before You Build It appeared first on Global Justice Ecology Project.


Fire Earth: Saudi-led Forces Indiscriminately Airdrop Cluster Bombs on Yemen’s Capital, Sanaa "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Deliberate or reckless use of cluster bombs in populated areas is a war crime: HRW Saudi-led coalition forces airdropped cluster bombs on residential neighborhoods in Yemen’s capital, Sanaa, early on January 6, 2016, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW). “It is not yet clear whether the attacks caused civilian casualties, but the inherently indiscriminate nature […]


Ecology, technology and social change: Philippine pseudo-net-metering scheme double-charges customers "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This is the paper I submitted to the Energy Policy and Development Program (EPDP) Conference 2016, which will be held January 12-13, 2016 in Manila. I present in the paper what I believe are iron-clad arguments that the so-called “net-metering” being implemented today by Philippine electric utilities violates the Renewable Energy Act of 2008 and […]


Earth First! Newswire: Massive Seabird Die-off in Alaska "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from Alaska Dispatch News


Thousands of dead common murres are washing up on the beaches of Whittier, an unprecedented die-off that has scientists wondering how many more thousands remain uncounted throughout Prince William Sound.

A recently retired federal biologist doing beach surveys in Whittier over the weekend estimated there were more than 7,800 dead murres along a little over a mile of beach. That’s nearly five dead birds per meter of beach, officials say.

The scale of the die-off is unprecedented along the Sound, longtime residents say.

“It’s just mind-boggling,” said David Janka, a Cordova charter owner who passed along reports of dead birds from there as well as Valdez, Tatitlek and Chenega. “I just took a picture a few minutes ago of an eagle with a murre in its talons.”



EcoWatch: 2015 Wildfire Season Shatters National Record With 10 Million Acres Burned "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


In 2015, a total of 10,125,149 acres burned, surpassing the previous record set in...


Ecology, technology and social change: Can micropower become as deep a game-changer as microprocessing? "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

This is the title of the speech I’m giving Jan. 8, 2016 at the annual meeting of the Geosciences and Reservoir Engineering Group of the Energy Development Corp. The title says it all. Developments in the renewable energy field indicate that we are entering a period very much like the early period of microprocessing. The […]


Earth First! Newswire: No New Animal Lab’s #SwarmNewYork Schedule Announced! "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

from No New Animal Lab

#StormSkanska: Swarm New York is under two weeks away! If you haven’t made your plans yet, now is the time to commit. Be there and be a part of the critical mass. We will converge in the hundreds on their home turf and shut them down.

Now, as the weekend approaches, we are announcing the schedule of events!


Skanska HQ Protest at Empire State Building, 4:30-6pm

Opening Night Event at NYU Law (40 Washington Square S., Room 210), 7-9pm


Huntington Mass Action. Join us in the town where Skanska CEO Richard Cavallaro lives. Meet up at Heckscher Park (164 Main St, Huntington, NY), 12:30pm

Punk Rock Karaoke Afterparty and Fundraiser at Silent Barn (603 Bushwick Ave, Brooklyn), 7-11pm.


Home Demonstrations, meet up at The Base (1302 Myrtle Ave, Brooklyn), 10am

The mass action on Saturday is the most critical protest in the campaign so far. In this moment, we have the potential to collectively force Skanska’s hand and divorce them fro...



EcoWatch: ‘It’s About Time’: California Governor Declares Porter Ranch a State of Emergency "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Following months of pressure from activists and residents, California Gov. Brown finally...


Wake Up World: Groundbreaking Study Maps the Decline of Wild Bee Communities in the United States "IndyWatch Feed National"

8th January 2016 By Christina Lavers Contributing Writer for Wake Up World By now most of us are aware that the humble bee is not only responsible for creating one of the most natural, health giving, and divinely sweet substances — honey — but also for managing one of the most vital steps in the production of our ...Continue Reading - Groundbreaking Study Maps the Decline of Wild Bee Communities in the United States


Wake Up World: Monsanto Charged With Crimes Against Nature and Humanity, Set to Stand Trial in 2016 "IndyWatch Feed National"

8th January 2016 By Carolanne Wright Contributing Writer for Wake Up World People are fed-up. And angry. We simply no longer accept that corporations have the right to ride roughshod over the environment or destroy the health of its inhabitants. We refuse to remain silent when faced with companies who contribute to poisoned rivers, people and ...Continue Reading - Monsanto Charged With Crimes Against Nature and Humanity, Set to Stand Trial in 2016



EcoWatch: The Future of Hydropower Looks Dim as Heat and Drought Intensify "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"


Global water consumption for power generation is expected to double in the next 40 years as...


BC-ESP Seismograms: Magnitude 4.7 and Magnitude 4.8 – NW of Fairview, Oklahoma – January 7, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

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USGS Tectonic Summary

Magnitude 4.7
2016-01-07 04:27:28 UTC
Location:  36.475°N  -98.728°W
Depth:  3.4 km
Magnitude 4.8
2016-01-07 04:27:58 UTC
Location:  36.493°N  -98.714°W
Depth:  6.0 km


For information about fracking and earthquakes:

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Weston Observatory
Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
Boston College


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Release of the ALRC Freedoms Report is something to look forward to in March 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

By early March 2016 the Turnbull Government is required to table and release the Australian Law Reform Commission report of the Freedoms Inquiry findings.

The Interim Report published in August 2015, Traditional Rights and Freedoms— Encroachments by Commonwealth Laws, can be found here.

This interim report states:

1.87 Throughout this paper, the ALRC highlights certain laws that may merit closer review. These are laws that have been criticised for unjustifiably limiting common law rights or principles. This report highlights some of these criticisms and some of the arguments that may be relevant to justification. However, for most of these laws, the ALRC would need more extensive consultation and evidence to justify making detailed recommendations for reform.108 1.88 Therefore, rather than make detailed recommendations for reform based on insufficient evidence, the ALRC has highlighted laws that seem to merit further review. These laws are identified in the conclusion to each chapter. The highlighted laws have been selected following consideration of a number of factors, including whether the law has been criticised in submissions or other literature for unjustifiably limiting one or more of the relevant rights and whether the law has rece...


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": North Coast Voices: Politwoops is gathering Australian politicians' tweets once more "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

The Age 1 January 2016:

Politwoops will once again be able to collect and publish the deleted tweets of politicians around the world after Twitter announced that it reached a deal with the organisations that run the website.

Twitter revoked Politwoops' access to its API, the back-end code used by developers of other applications, earlier this year. Christopher Gates, the president of the Sunlight Foundation, a transparency group that runs the website in partnership with the Open State Foundation and Access Now, wrote at the time that Twitter's decision "truly mystified" him.

Politwoops has helped shine a light on apparent attempts by politicians to distance themselves from their remarks on Twitter. Perhaps the most notable case was when several politicians deleted tweets praising the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl by captors in Afghanis...


new illuminati: How Jedi-Like Abilities are Actually Attainable "IndyWatch Feed National"

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"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": OCCUPYMELBOURNE.NET: Lügenpresse und Sozialtourismus "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

What the German controlled media  (Lügenpresse) don’t want you to know is that the ‘refugees’ are a horde of violent, maniacs, rapists and thieves. The directive is to cover up the reports of the events in multiple German cities of the last weeks ( and months) is the huge spike in rapes, assaults, murders and robberies committed by the ‘Syrian rape army’. Its clear most of the migrant/invaders are only in Germany to leech the generous social welfare (sozialtourismus) and commit crimes. Angela Merkel is destroying Germany from the inside

Germany’s experiment with Socialism in the form of cultural Marxism is drawing to a close and will likely radically revert to a former socialism experiment.


"IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: North Korea can’t destroy the world – the US and Russia almost have "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

North Korean soldiers turn and look towards leader Kim Jong Un as they carry packs marked with the nuclear symbol as they parade during a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea, in 2013. Photo AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

North Korean soldiers turn and look towards leader Kim Jong Un as they carry packs marked with the nuclear symbol as they parade during a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the Korean War armistice in Pyongyang, North Korea, in 2013. Photo AP Photo/Wong Maye-E

John Hallam

For all the bloviating going on about the growing North Korean nuclear arsenal –which for sure bodes no-one any good at all- one would think that the DPRK and its wacky regime had the capability to make the planet uninhabitable and to put a question mark over human survival in an hour and a half. In order to do that it would need to have thousands of megaton or half megaton – sized nuclear warheads poised for launch in a minute or less.

In fact the DPRK’s nuclear arsenal, while slowly growing, consists of less than 20, and most likely around a dozen, very small fission nuclear weapons.

While the DPRK has trumpeted that its test of Jan 6 is of a hydrogen bomb, there is no evidence whatsoever that this is the case. The explosion seems to have been around 6 kilotons, compared to previous DPRK explosions of approx four kilotons. This is not remotely near the size of even a trigger for a hydrogen device, which would be around 40 kilotons. The Hiroshima blast was between 10 and 15 kilotons, while early US and Sov........


slackbastard: Blogging 2015 … "IndyWatch Feed National"

A review of my blogging efforts in 2015. January (8 posts) In addition to several notes on anti-fascism (which included some advice on Facebook use), I wrote about the ‘Rojava Revolution’ in northern Syria and a strike and occupation at … Continue reading


"IndyWatch Feed Melbourne": matthew schiavello: photos and words: matthewschiavello: ‘In the night #36’ (08/03/2013) This is ... "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"


‘In the night #36’


This is  very randomly getting some reblog love, so I thought i would share it again.



Catallaxy Files: An extract from the Wall Street Journal "IndyWatch Feed"

Since at least the early 1990s, a lot of the public has been intimidated into keeping its mouth shut and head down about subjects in the political and social life of the country that the elites stipulated as beyond discussion or dispute.

Its most powerful tool is intimidation. If it is not vigorously opposed, its proponents win by default, because the victims adopt a ‘go along to get along’ attitude.”

The left goes nuts when anyone suggests political correctness has totalitarian roots. But the PC game has always been: We win, you lose, get over it, comply.

But people don’t get over it, and they never forget. For a lot of voters now, possibly a majority, their experiences with enforceable, politically correct behavior, speech and thought have bred a broad mistrust of elites.

Average people think individuals in positions of leadership are supposed to at least recognize the existence of their interests and beliefs. The institutions that didn’t do that or were complicit include the courts, Congress, senior bureaucrats, corporate managers, the press, television, movies, university administrators.

Read the whole thing.


The Ecologist: Equality in the countryside "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

At a time when the Labour Party is discovering its egalitarian roots, inequality is as much of an issue in the countryside as in the city, states this 'Rural Manifesto' from the Land Workers Alliance and The Land. The neglect and exclusion of Britain's rural poor and landless farmers must end.


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": James O'Brien: The Paddington "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

“We were the oldest people there”, I said to my friend as we left The Paddington last night. “No, there were some other oldies there”, she argued. Yes, she was right, but overwhelmingly The Paddington attracted a hip and happening younger crowd. And no wonder, it’s the latest Sydney hotel to be “Hemmesphied”. Justin Hemmes has had a terrific record in transforming bars into terrific new spaces. And it’s my feeling he’s done another great job.

“You really must go”, I told a colleague this morning. “For $50 each, we shared a bottle of wine, a whole chicken, salad and chips. It was delicious, and there was chicken left over”, I added.

We were lucky enough to be given a quieter spot overlooking the main serving area, as it was a reasonably noisy space. In part, because it was so damn busy. It was nine o’clock on a wet Wednesday night in Sydney, and the place was jumping. Highly recommended.

The Paddington The Paddington The Paddington ...


No Fibs: Once upon a time in Qld – The digital archive of the 2015 election campaign: @Qldaah #qldpol "IndyWatch Feed National"

On January 6, 2015, Campbell Newman’s snap election call caught many off guard, including members of his own party. The Liberal National Party candidate to challenge Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk in her seat of Inala was overseas. The LNP candidate to face Labor’s Jackie Trad in the seat of South Brisbane had not even been named. In a normally festive time of year, […]

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David Marler

Queensland reporter at No Fibs

David is a full time carer for his son and in quiet times contributes to the Fifth Estate. He believes that the role of citizen journalists is to question and collate mainstream media stories through social media and blogging.


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": Motorbike Writer: Are ape hanger handlebars dangerous? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Michael Madsen looks cool as

Michael Madsen looks cool as “The Gent” with his ape hanger bars in Quentin Tarentino’s Hell Ride. But are they safe?

The safety of ape hanger handlebars is back in the news with one American state considering axing a three-decade ban and other states closely watching the outcome.

High-set ape hanger bars were banned in 30 American states in the 1960s. The American was on the pretext of safety, but was more likely introduced so police had reason to pull over and search riders believed to be members of outlaw motorcycle gangs.

Remember, this was during the height of media hype and public fear about bikies/bikers after the 1966 release of Hunter S. Thompson’s book, Hell’s Angels, and the 1969 cult film Easy Rider.

Easy Rider Rider personality test ape hanger

Easy Riders



Pip Magazine – Australian Permaculture: Special Fair Food issue launching soon! "IndyWatch Feed National"


Pip’s fifth issue – a special feature issue on Fair Food – will be launched over the weekend of February 12-14 at the Sustainable Living Festival in Melbourne. We’re so excited!

We’re really proud of issue 5: it features articles by David Holmgren, Nick Rose, Tammi Jonas, Bruce Pascoe, Albert Bates, Kirsten Bradley and loads of other fabulous permies!

The issue has a focus on how we can create a fair food system, as well as a host of other great articles on:

  • creating a double dig garden,
  • bio char,
  • how to build a cool room,
  • indigenous plants that can replace imported varieties such as wheat and rice,
  • simple to make greywater system,
  • tiny house builder Rob Scott,
  • our national course...


"IndyWatch Feed Sydney": James O'Brien: Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict "IndyWatch Feed Alllocal"

One of my absolute favourite things from my overseas trip last year was my visit to the Peggy Guggenhem Museum in Venice.

As I wrote at the time

According to the audio tour, Peggy was an American heiress who came to live in Venice in her early twenties. With gazillions of dollars behind her, the audio tour explains, she needed to find a purpose in life. Aside from being married, and apparently shagging lots of other blokes which I’m sure could be a “purpose in life”. And so she began collecting contemporary artists: artists like Pollock and Kandinsky. She lived in the house where the museum now exists for over thirty years. And what a house! Located right on the waterfront, it was both spacious and had spectacular views. But aside from the views, the museum contains some of the most spectacular contemporary art of the twentieth century. I loved it.

And so when I saw a review in The Australian the other week of a new documentary film about her life story, I was very excited. A friend and I, who had also been to the museum, hit the Chauvel Cinema last night to see the film.

At the heart of the documentary was the discovery of some previously hidden recordings she had made, as part of a biography project. Over the top of these recordings was some wonderful archival footage.

“Having seen the documentary, I don’t think I really know her any better than when I visited the museum”, I told my friend as we left the cinema. “It’s like they couldn’t decide if the film was about her personal life or her art gallery”, my friend said, saying it failed to satisfy on either level. I agreed, it was interesting, though not stunningly amazing. There were no real “insig...


Independent Australia: Scientists slam Marc Morano’s Climate Hustle doco as patently stupid and misleading "IndyWatch Feed"

Scientists slam Marc Morano’s Climate Hustle doco as patently stupid and misleadingDespite promising that his new documentary Climate Hustle, which Marc Morano claims will "rock the climate debate", details reveal that it will be the same tired old climate science denial myths repackaged. read now...


Antony Loewenstein: US Minnesota radio interview about natural resources in Afghanistan "IndyWatch Feed National"

This month I have a feature in The Nation magazine about the failed mining industry in Afghanistan, a key theme of my film-in-progress, Disaster Capitalism. I was interviewed today by US Minnesota radio about my research on the subject and the troubles facing the country:


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Byron Bay community noticeboard lost "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Just before Xmas, renovations began on the very popular Corner Cafe (cnr Byron & Jonson Sts). On the Byron St side was previously a large community noticeboard which was used extensively by a wide range of residents and visitors alike. The community noticeboard has now been replaced by a glass shopfront and this very valuable asset appears to have been lost. There are less and less venues and spaces available within the central Byron shops area for grass roots advertising, apart from the noticeboard in the Community Centre which is small in comparison and has restricted allocations and is off street.

A massive range of people in Byron used the Corner Cafe site (self employed, healers, artisans, backpackers, local events etc) to communicate and promote and do not necessarily have the funds for paid advertising.

Can a solution or replacement site be found that would provide a similar function ? Could Council perhaps come on board and instigate something? A possible site could be the side wall of the Community Centre which is not being used at the moment and is central and could feature a large noticeboard. This would be ideal as it is still quite visible from the street and would not obstruct pedestrian flow.

For a shire that is celebrated for its social zeitgeist and progressive dialogue, surely a sponsored and permanent street level Community Noticeboard should be part of the cultural resonance and conversation of the Shire. We need to ensure there is a space that is not privately vetted and that is open to the whole community to freely discuss, promote issues and interests.

Ron Curran, Byron Bay


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14:25 New Interview with Fiona Barnett and David Shurter on Stephen Robert’s Show Cancel the Cabal 1/6/16 "IndyWatch Feed National"


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Byron Bay Blog: Out & About with Stone & Wood this January "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Make prioritising ‘what’s good in life’ important this year! In January, Stone & Wood are pouring at a number of epic events across the country…so get along and ensure your resolution begins with good food, good times and of course…good beer.

7th Jan Driftlab Art Exhibition ‘James McMillan’ Newrybar

10th Jan Sunday Session North Wollongong Hotel

17th Jan Sunday Session North Wollongong Hotel

23rd-24th Victoria Cider & Pork Festival Yarra Valley

24thJan Sunday Session North Wollongong Hotel

23rd Jan Stone & Wood Session * TBA Byron Brewery

30th Jan Pure Pleasure Exhibition Secret Garden Byron Bay

30th Jan Tidal’s ‘Small Cinema’ Screening Maroochydore Sunny Coast

31st Jan Sunday Session North Wollongong Hotel

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"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Tasmanian Times: What Went Down - Marion Bay Falls Festival 2015/16 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Falls Festival is done and dusted for another year and what a cracker it was. It was my 9th and it was easily one of the best. The weather was perfect, the crowd embraced it and the music was just damn good from start to finish. Here’s the low down… Oh, and here’s a playlist of all my highlights that you might like to listen to whilst you read on:


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria: Launch of Intergenerational Relations in Newly Arrived Communities in Victoria - A Pilot Study Report "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Monday 14 December 2015, at the Deakin University Melbourne, the Chairperson of the Victorian Multicultural Commission Ms Helen Kapalos launched the joint ECCV and Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation Pilot Study Report on Intergenerational Relations in Newly Arrived Communities in Victoria.

This report is the result of exploratory research the Ethnic Communities' Council of Victoria commissioned the Alfred Deakin Institute for Citizenship and Globalisation (ADI), Deakin University, to undertake. The study examines the nature of relations between parents and adolescents in newly-arrived migrant communities in Victoria as they negotiate the challenges of migration, settlement and integration. 

While coming of age is often a difficult period for young people and their families, this research highlights how this is compounded for newly-arrived migrant youth and their parents due to the challenges of the migration experience. 

The findings raise a number of policy and practice considerations for those working with these families and their communities. 

In particular, in detailing social, cultural and financial challenges, the findings highlight the importance of integrated policy and service provisions which understand and address the intergenerational strain placed on newly-arrived migrant families within their broader context. It also clearly recommends meaningful family and community involvement in creating and enacting policy and practice solutions. 



"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Goulburn": Shepparton Interfaith Network: Pope Francis Video shares an impassioned call for Interfaith Unity "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

On Wednesday 5th January 2016, Francis launched a monthly video prayer series with an emotional call for peace between people of different faiths. "Many think differently, feel differently, seeking God or meeting God in different ways," the pontiff said. "We are all children of God." Pope Francis, like other Popes before him, has long shared ... Read more...


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": "IndyWatch Feed": Cheeseburger Gothic: Book schedule update. Fanfic, self published, trade published "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Rhino asks in the thread below about the status of our fanfic project. All of the entries have been edited by me, but I want to write an extra 10,000 words of my own, mostly so that people who pick up the book cold aren't left wondering what the hell is going on.

I still don"t have a title for the project. Chronicles of the Monster Wars seems a bit portentous. Any suggestions will be gratefully stolen.

I have a heavy writing and publishing schedule until August. Three Stalin"s Hammer e-books to finish that series and set up a potential long form novel in the Axis of Time story world. Production and artwork for the two Hooper e-books which some of you have read in Beta. A full-length Dave novel, Stronghold, picking up the story after the end of Ascendance, and a new trade published trilogy, a space opera beginning with The Cruel Stars, which I will finish drafting by August, not at all coincidentally when Stronghold comes out.

This means the first opportunity I'll have to work on the fanfic project will be in July. Writing my section won"t take long, but I also want to get all of those other self published books out into the market to see what kind of return, if any, I can get from them. It costs about $1500 to self publish an e-book to industry standard. If I've made a killing on the other books, I"m happy to spend that much on the fanfic too. If not I"ll still bring it out, but I"ll be looking to save costs on the production.

I"m looking forward to all the work I have on this year, both trade and self published. It"s going to be hell busy and as always there are no guarantees I won"t come a cropper. But the fanfic is looking good. There are some great stories in there, good enough for a trade published anthology. It will come out. Probably in September and it will look like the real deal.


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": "IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Australia's eastern ports to shut down in tug boat strike - and more 11AM Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A nation-wide tug boat strike will start next week, affecting eastern ports along the coast. Picture source: Wikimedia commons

Eco-tourism delay for Gold Coast Hinterland

A mountain bike and zip line park slated for the Gold Coast Hinterland could be delayed for another 18 months due to red tape and legal battles.


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Elderly female driver plunges six metres from Tweed car park "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

An 83-year-old woman was seriously injured after the car she was driving plunged six metres from a second floor car park in Tweed Heads yesterday.

Police say that around 11.45am yesterday (Wednesday), the woman was attempting to leave the car park of a shopping centre in Tweed Heads when she was involved in a minor collision with another vehicle.

She drove on at speed and crashed through the safety barrier, plummeting six metres, continued to drive forward for another 100 metres before crashing into an outdoor barbecue area and coming to a stop.

She was helped out of the vehicle by members of the public and was taken by ambulance paramedics for treatment.

She remains in a critical condition at Tweed Heads Intensive Care Unit.

Police are investigating the circumstances of the crash.

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"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Archibald Prize exhibition opens in Tweed "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

2015 Archibald Prize finalist Juan Ford A bungled clairvoyance of William Buckley or Ludwig Leichhardt's most intense moments (I can't decide which, you choose). Attempted while atop a mountain oil on linen 137 x 153 cm © the artist Photo: © AGNSW, Felicity Jenkins

2015 Archibald Prize finalist Juan Ford. A bungled clairvoyance of William Buckley or Ludwig Leichhardt’s most intense moments (I can’t decide which, you choose). Attempted while atop a mountain
oil on linen 137 x 153 cm © the artist Photo: © AGNSW, Felicity Jenkins

A touring exhibition of one of Australia’s most famous art prizes, the Archibald Prize, opens in the Tweed Regional Gallery next Friday, 15 January.

Finalists from last year’s prestigious prize will also be part of the Art Gallery of New South Wales touring exhibition, which runs for six weeks.

The exhibition is arguably the nation’s most famous and popular prize, awarding $100,000 to the winning artist. Entries must be painted in the past year, from at least one live sitting with the artist.

The touring exhibition includes all 2015 finalists from the much-loved portraiture prize, held annually by the Art Gallery of NSW.

After the highly-anticipated exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, the regional tour provides audiences outside of Sydney an opportunity to experience and enjoy the Archibald Prize in their local community.

In addition to viewing the popular exhibition, visitors to Tweed Regional Gallery will enjoy a range of programs associated with the Archibald...


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": "IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Alleged child abuse during UN peacekeeping mission - and more 10AM Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic has become embroiled in allegations of child sexual abuse. Picture source: Flikr CC

Brisbane community garden labelled a hazard

A Salisbury mother is furious after the Brisbane City Council asked her to remove her community garden due to it being a tripping hazard.

Pia Deerain said the garden, which extended into the council-owned “footway” outside her house, was created with the “heart and soul” of children in the area. 

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The Watchers » Latest articles: Active volcanoes in the world: December 30, 2015 - January 5, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

New activity/unrest was observed at 5 volcanoes from December 30, 2015 - January 5, 2016. During the same period, ongoing activity was reported for 12 volcanoes. New activity/unrest: Etna, Sicily (Italy) | Kanlaon, Philippines | Nevados de Chillán, Chile ...... Read more »

The Watchers » Latest articles: Below zero temperatures claim 21 lives, Poland "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

A strong spell of cold weather gripped Poland on the weekend of January 2, 2016. Temperatures dropped to -17.8 ºC (0 ºF) causing 21 people to freeze to death. After unseasonably mild Christmas weather in the period between December 18 and 28, 2015,...... Read more »


The Watchers » Latest articles: Heavy flooding affects drought-stricken California "IndyWatch Feed Enviro"

Strong thunderstorms battered southern California since January 5, 2016. Heavy rainfalls, thought to be fueled by the El Niño phenomena, inundated streets and caused streams to overflow, disrupting traffic across the affected areas. Another strong storm is on...... Read more »


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Globalisation versus localisation "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Helena Norberg-Hodge and her colleagues argued in last week’s Echo that we must radically change the current economic system and move to localisation if we are to prevent disastrous climate change and democratic disintegration.

However, while the authors appear to believe the vast bulk of climate scientists that set out the impact of CO2 emissions on the planet, they don’t appear to pay any attention to the vast bulk of economists who argue that free trade and open markets are the best way to cut poverty, reduce oppression, increase freedom and promote innovation.

In fact to bolster their case they don’t mention any of the positive changes in recent decades that have been achieved across the world as a result of open markets. These include hundreds of millions of people escaping poverty, massive cuts in maternal and child deaths, the much greater empowerment of women, far fewer deaths from war, advances in wind and solar energy, and large increases in the number of democratic countries. Nor do they explain how their model will achieve a world of peace, progress and happiness and avoid the poverty and oppression of previous planned economies.

Garth Luke, Mullumbimby

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"IndyWatch Feed Tas": Living and Loving Hobart:: Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Protecting Our Precious Wildlife 
Driving Tasmania’s roads it would be easy to believe that roadkill was a state sport.
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary established Tasmania’s first 24 hour wildlife rescue in 2009 to respond to the number of animals being injured and orphaned on our roads.
This Girl went looking for some answers on why so many of Tasmania’s wildlife can be found dead on our roads. Here’s what Bonorong Director, Greg Irons, had to say.


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Byron property prices top region "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

An 'event' auction of this traditional 1980s style brick-and-tile holiday house in Brunswick Heads in 2015 drew a large crowd and a record property price. Photo Luis Feliu

An ‘event’ auction of this traditional 1980s style brick-and-tile holiday house in Brunswick Heads in late 2015 drew a large crowd and a record property price. Photo Luis Feliu

Byron shire ratepayers, who are still reeling from being slugged for parking in Byron Bay, will soon have to face bigger rates notices as well.

The shire has topped the region’s LGAs in the valuer-general’s 2015 statewide survey of land values, released today.

Residential properties in Byron Shire increased in median value by 17.85 per cent last year to $383,000, up from $325,000 last year.

Meanwhile, median residential and commercial property prices increased even more, by 20 per cent and 20.16 per cent respectively.

While this pales in comparison to some Sydney suburbs, some of which had increases of more than 30 per cent, it well and truly outshone all of its near neighbours.

Tweed shire came in second with a 10.22 per cent increase in median residential property prices, to $248,000 and a 12.96 per cent increase in commercial.

But the big surprise in Tweed was the value of industrial properties, which jumped 53.51 per cent in median terms to $350,000.

Yet just minutes down the new Pacific Highway in Ballina, median residential prices saw a much more modest 6.06 per cent increase to $245,000, with commercial and industrial properties showing no increase at all.

In Lismore, residential pro...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Nimbin shows its true face to village visitors "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Darren Butcher is one of the Nimbin personalities featured in the Faces of Nimbin campaign.

Darren Butcher is one of the Nimbin personalities featured in the Faces of Nimbin campaign.

Jazmine Theodora

Jazmine Theodora

Ashlee Jones

Ashlee Jones

Sometimes truth in advertising works, especially if what you’re selling is authenticity.

Faces of Nimbin is a new marketing campaign that taps into the rich diversity of Nimbin’s community, debunking the stereotypical image of the village often portrayed in mainstream media.

The concept was dreamed up by the Nimbin Marketing Campaign Focus Group, made up of local business people and community representatives.

It is part of a broader marketing campaign, funded with $120,000 from Destination NSW and the North Coast Destination Network, which was designed to boost tourism following the 2014 fires that destroyed the Nimbin Museum, Rainbow Café, Tribal Magic...


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": "IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Fears a person may be dead after a hotel fire in Pittsworth - and more 9AM Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

One person has yet to be accounted for after the historic Pittsworth venue Tattersalls Club Hotel went up in flames in the early hours of this morning. Picture source: Flikr CC

Person missing after historic hotel goes up in flames

A person is feared dead after a fire tore through a hotel in Pittsworth near Toowoomba early this morning.

More than 20 firefighters were called out to battle the blaze around 2.30 this morning, with 11 people managing to escape the two-storey Tattersalls Club Hotel.


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Live Music Roundup – Thursday 7 January, 2016 "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The Sea Gypsies at the Byron Brewery on Friday

The Sea Gypsies at the Byron Brewery on Friday

When Sea Gypsies

The Sea Gypsies are a pirate-gypsy-circus band made up of scallywags performing a visual and auditory feast of original songs, pirate anthems, swinging rhythms and gypsy jazz tunes with circus arts and tap-dancing to ice the cake. With support from Rosie MissChief, DaniDoo Butterfly, Whiskey TroublePants (USA) and an electro swing set by DJ Cyprian.

Step into the rabbit hole. Friday at the Brewery’s beergarden. 8–11pm, free entry!

Wild Marmalade at the Byron Brewery on Saturday

Wild Marmalade at the Byron Brewery on Saturday

Jamming with Marmalade

Wild Marmalade are the pioneers of the didgeridoo-and-drum dance concept that is now a global phenomenon. Formed on the streets in Byron Bay in the late 90s they have gone on to tour the world many times over with a strong following, particularly in Europe and Japan. Cirque du Soleil composer Benoit Jutras described seeing a Wild Marmalade street show in Copenhagen as ‘… the most uplifting, energetic live performance I saw in my life… A unique experience’.

Joining forces with Tijuana Cartel’s astonishing flamenco guitarist Paul Geor...


"IndyWatch Feed Qld": "IndyWatch Feed Seq": Zedlines: Australia to join international effort to quell destabilising activity in North Korea - plus more 8AM Zedlines "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Supreme leader of North Korea Kim Jong-un launched a fourth unsanctioned nuclear test on Wednesday, causing widespread concern in the international community. Picture source: Wikimedia Commons

Alarming rise of DV calls in Queensland

Industry workers have revealed an unprecedented rise in the amount of women placing calls into domestic violence support hotlines throughout Queensland.

A 24-hour domestic hotline service in Queensland, DV Connect, received approximately 2000 calls in the four days following New Year’s regarding domestic disputes.


"IndyWatch Feed Vic": "IndyWatch Feed Cvic": Natural Newstead: Mistletoebird magic "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

With the single nestling about to fledge this will be my last encounter with these wonderful Mistletoebirds for the season. It’s been a privilege and joy to watch them over the past couple of months. While the male could be seen in the vicinity of the nest yesterday afternoon, only the female visited with mistletoe berries and to assist with nest hygiene duties.


Mistletoebird nestling, Strangways, 6th January 2016






"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Seniors reject older driver warnings "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

oldriversSydney [AAP]

Older drivers who face ‘draconian’ medical and licence testing have rejected a senior NSW Police officer’s suggestion that people over 70 should reconsider their driving abilities.

NSW Police head of traffic Assistant Commissioner John Hartley suggested on Wednesday that older drivers consider their ability to drive long distances, in traffic and in certain weather conditions.

But Mr Hartley drew ire when his comments were misconstrued as a suggestion those aged over 70 should not drive at all.

Mr Hartley told AAP his suggestion about drivers knowing their abilities was something drivers of all ages should consider.

‘I never said people over 70 should be driving or that they should get off the road,’ he said.

He said his comments focused on that age group because people over 70 are involved in 18 per cent of the state’s car accidents but only make up 10 per cent of the population.

‘The risk is there in the over 70 age group so those people should be aware of their driving skills and make sure that they’re aware of their abilities,’ he said.

‘Everybody has a right to drive when safe and capable and have a licence.’

The NRMA said it was misguided to blame older drivers for the road toll.

‘It is not feasible to take the privilege of personal mobility away from a growing proportion of the population,’ NRMA president Kyle Loades said.

Combined Pensioners and Superannuants Association policy officer Paul Versteege said drivers of all ages need to take care.

‘It’s not just a simple question of whether they are more dangerous, it comes down to driving ability,’ he told AAP on Wednesday.

‘We would...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Drug driving. What are your rights? "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Lismore solicitor Steve Bolt. (picture Darren Coyne)

Lismore solicitor Steve Bolt. (picture Darren Coyne)

A Lismore solicitor has prepared a fact sheet to answer some of the most common questions related to roadside drug testing.

Developed in conjunction with the Northern Rivers Greens, the fact sheet is based on current NSW laws and targets people in this region.

Drug driving fact sheet, page 1.

Drug driving fact sheet, page 1.

The solicitor, Steve Bolt, of Bolt Findley Solicitors, explains in the fact sheet that the NSW Police have the power to stop any vehicle and require the driver to submit to saliva testing.

The tests detect cannabis, ecstasy and methamphetamine, but not cocaine or opiates, which are also illegal.

Mr Bolt points out that the tests are not designed to test driver impairment, because the law simply makes it an offence to drive with the presence of any of the three targeted drugs.

‘There is no requirement to prove any impairment effect on your driving,’ he says.

Mr Bolt explains the three levels of testing that drivers testing positive will be subjected to, whether a driver can refuse a saliva test, and whether a driver can have their own sample test...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Death toll rises to 58 in China waste-dump landslide "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Excavators are used to dig through mud at the site of the landslide, which hit the Hengtaiyu, Liuxi and Dejicheng industrial parks, in Hongao village, Shenzhen city, south China's Guangdong province.

Excavators are used to dig through mud at the site of the landslide, which hit the Hengtaiyu, Liuxi and Dejicheng industrial parks, in Hongao village, Shenzhen city, south China’s Guangdong province.

Beijing [AP]

Chinese authorities say rescuers have dug out 58 bodies from a massive landslide at a construction waste dump in southern China on December 20.

The Shenzhen city government said on Wednesday that authorities have identified 52 of the 58 bodies and that another 25 people remain missing.

In the disaster, a mountain of construction waste that had been piled up against a hill collapsed during heavy rains onto an industrial park in Shenzhen. The city near Hong Kong makes products ranging from mobile phones to cars, and attracts workers from all parts of China.

Authorities have arrested 11 people on the charge of negligently causing a serious accident. City officials have bowed in public apology over the incident.


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"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: ACCC asks Dick Smith receiver for answers "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

A Dick Smith store is seen in South Yarra in Melbourne on Tuesday. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

A Dick Smith store is seen in South Yarra in Melbourne on Tuesday. (AAP Image/Julian Smith)

Sydney [AAP]

The consumer watchdog is speaking with the receivers at Dick Smith to find out how the electronics retailer’s collapse will affect customers.

Receiver Ferrier Hodgson has said it will not honour gift cards or refund deposits on goods, prompting the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is asking for more detail.

‘The ACCC is currently making enquiries of the receivers about how they will be dealing with consumer issues arising,’ the watchdog said in a statement on Wednesday.

Independent senator Nick Xenophon called on the corporate watchdog to urgently investigate the collapse and requested a parliamentary inquiry into whether the Australian Securities and Investments Commission missed warning signs.

‘The corporate watchdog ASIC needs to explain to Australians how this great Australian company went into receivership with seemingly little warning,’ Senator Xenophon said.

‘We also need to know whether our corporate watchdog has in fact been asleep on the front porch while Dick Smith Holdings unravelled.’

Dick Smith, which employees about 3,330 people across 393 stores in Australia and New Zealand, first warned in October its full year profit could fall as much as 15 per cent.

It stepped up discounting and advertising to boost sales but the slump continued into November, resulting in the company dumping its revised profit forecast just a few weeks later.



"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Vatican paper slams Charlie Hebdo cover "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The cover of Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical publication, to mark the first anniversary of the attacks on 7 January 2015 at its offices in which 12 people were killed. Photo: Charlie Hebdo

The cover of Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical publication, to mark the first anniversary of the attacks on 7 January 2015 at its offices in which 12 people were killed. Photo: Charlie Hebdo

Vatican City [AAP]

The Vatican newspaper has criticised French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo for depicting God as a Kalashnikov-carrying killer, saying it was ‘woeful’ and disrespectful to true believers of all faiths.

The cover was an anniversary edition, commemorating the attacks a year ago when Islamist militants killed 12 during an assault on the Charlie Hebdo newsroom in Paris.

The cartoon on the cover shows an angry God with blood on his hands and a rifle strapped to his back.

‘One year later, the assassin is still on the run,’ the headline says.

The Vatican daily newspaper L’Osservatore Romano accused Charlie Hebdo of looking to ‘manipulate’ faith.

‘Behind the deceptive flag of an uncompromising secularism, the French weekly once again forgets what religious leaders of every faith have been urging for ages – to reject violence in the name of religion and that using God to justify hatred is a genuine blasphemy,’ it wrote in a short commentary.

‘Charlie Hebdo’s move shows the sad paradox of a world which is increasingly sensitive about being politically correct to the point of being ridiculous … but does not want to recognise or respect believers’ fai...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Man arrested for driving at Falls security guard "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The 2015-16 Falls Festival crowd. Photo David Lowe

The 2015-16 Falls Festival crowd. Photo David Lowe

Police have charged a 63-year-old man with assault after an incident at the Falls Festival.

Police say that on New Year’s Day he he allegedly drove at a security guard in his car.

The man will face court again next month.

The festival saw thousands peacefully enjoying a huge holiday line-up of talent in near-perfect weather, with few other incidents.

A couple of staff members married on the site during the festival, inviting punters to the celebration.

Police reported just 27 drug detections and charged one 20-year-old man with supply.

Two people were charged with stealing and 50 would-be gatecrashers with trespassing.

Echonetdaily has received comparatively few noise complaints.


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"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": The Witches Kitchen: Marion Nestle’s Rogue Dietary Guidelines "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Marion Nestle’s blog “Food Politics” would be on my “Sites I Visit Lots” list except that it is USA food politics, and although we in Australia are heading down that road, we’re not quite there yet.  Our beef is still mostly free range not CAFO, our potatoes are still not GMO, school lunches are still mostly home packed.

But this post of hers is just as relevant on the other side of the Pacific.  I’d add in a number 7 and 8, and it would make my guidelines too.

It’s worth going to the link to see them elaborated.

  1. Eat more plants.
  2. Don’t eat more calories than you need.
  3. Eat less junk.
  4. Eat a variety of foods you enjoy.
  5. Find the joy in food.
  6. Learn to cook.

I’d need to add:

7. Eat mostly food that is fresh, in season and local.  In fact, you could probably leave out fresh and in season, because by eating local you are doing that anyway – avoiding zombie food that has been artificially ripened, dunked in preservatives, cold stored, bubble wrapped in ten layers of plastic, transported across continents, and is wearing the food equivalent of mortician’s make-up.

8. Eat mostly food grown with love and care and pride.  By you or someone you can, and do, thank.

And that’s it.  All the dietary guidelines you need!


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Search for missing sailor set to resume "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Flood rescue specialists from Fire and Rescue NSW check properties in Raymond Terrace in the Hunter Valley north of Sydney on Wednesday. Heavy rain continues to fall on the North coast and Hunter regions with major flooding being experienced. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

Flood rescue specialists from Fire and Rescue NSW check properties in Raymond Terrace in the Hunter Valley north of Sydney on Wednesday. Heavy rain continues to fall on the North coast and Hunter regions with major flooding being experienced. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

Sydney [AAP]

The search for a sailor missing off the NSW mid-north coast is expected to resume after wild weather forced rescue crews to pull out overnight.

The yachtsman was thrown from his vessel on Wednesday afternoon after being struck by a huge wave near Broughton Island.

Rescue helicopters deployed to help find the man in his 60s were forced to turn around on Wednesday night due to poor weather and heavy seas.

Emergency crews are expected to decide on resuming the search for the missing yachtsman on Thursday morning.

Rescue choppers are also poised to launch reconnaissance missions over campers stranded on the NSW south coast and residents isolated northwest of Sydney.

A group of 16 adults and two children spent another night stuck at the Bendethera Valley campground west of Moruya on Wednesday amid rising floodwaters.

National Parks rangers are with the group who have adequate food and water for at least two more days, SES spokesman Dave Webber told AAP.

A helicopter will also be flown over Colo, about 80km northwest of Sydney, to check on....


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Anger grows in Saudi Arabia after execution "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Shiite women wave Shiite militias flags during a rally to protest the execution of Saudi Shiite Sheik Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi Arabia last week, in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq, on Wednesday. While many Iraqi Shiites took to the streets in outrage over Saudi Arabia's execution of al-Nimr, the country's prime minister has had to walk a more cautious line, trying to contain Iraq's own explosive sectarian tensions. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Shiite women wave Shiite militias flags during a rally to protest the execution of Saudi Shiite Sheik Nimr al-Nimr by Saudi Arabia last week, in Tahrir Square, Baghdad, Iraq, on Wednesday. While many Iraqi Shiites took to the streets in outrage over Saudi Arabia’s execution of al-Nimr, the country’s prime minister has had to walk a more cautious line, trying to contain Iraq’s own explosive sectarian tensions. (AP Photo/Khalid Mohammed)

Riyadh [REUTERS]

Since Saturday’s execution of four Shi’ite Muslims in Saudi Arabia, hundreds of thousands of the minority sect have marched nightly in protest, and their anger could herald wider unrest.

The execution of one of them, dissident cleric Nimr al-Nimr, caused an international crisis as Shi’ite Iran and its allies responded angrily, but it also caused upset in his home district of Qatif, where many saw his death as unjustified.

‘People are angry. And they are surprised, because there were positive signals in the past months that the executions would not take place. People listen to his speeches and there’s no direct proof he was being violent,’ a Qatif community leader said by p...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Final season for Brunswick’s historic Housie Shed "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

VRA president John Wraight and VRA road captain Sue Biggar will call numbers for the last time this year at the Housie Shed in Brunswick Heads.

VRA president John Wraight and VRA road captain Sue Biggar will call numbers for the last time this year at the Housie Shed in Brunswick Heads.

Eve Jeffery

Next week might be the last time an iconic family activity will run in Brunswick Heads.

For about 30 years the Brunswick Valley Volunteer Rescue Association (VRA) has spent the warmer months preparing and then manning the Housie Shed in Banner Park on the banks of the Brunswick River.

This summer the VRA will call the numbers that cross the bingo boards in their last season organising the much-loved and anticipated community activity.

The VRA volunteers have run this event for the festival committee as a major fundraiser to keep the squad going.

However, it has been the same group of devoted folk year after year and they just can’t keep on going.

‘Last year we advised the committee we could no longer run it’, says VRA secretary Phillip Walsh.

‘We said we would help any new organisation learn the ropes but there have been no takers. We agreed to run it this one last year.’

Mr Walsh says the actual running of the Housie Shed is only part of the task.

‘It starts in October with the scouring of shops for bargains for the pick-a-prize, sorting and cataloguing and then in November the erection of the tent, cages, lighting and seating.

‘Then it all needs to come down again after Australia Day. It takes more than 1,500 hours of...


"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: Grandfather in custody after Brisbane stabbing "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

Officers at the edge of the crime scene in Watheroo Place. Photo Brisbane Times.bane.

Officers at the edge of the crime scene in Watheroo Place, Brisbane.

Brisbane [AAP]

A grandfather is in police custody in a Brisbane hospital after a brutal stabbing attack in which his baby granddaughter died.

Police say the man and his wife, both in their 50s and visiting from China, were in intensive care on Thursday after being operated on in Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Their 28-year-old daughter, the dead child’s mother, was in a serious but non-life-threatening condition.

Police rushed to a home on Watheroo Place, Parkinson, on Wednesday afternoon after the baby’s mother fled to a nearby house seeking help.

Officers found the two-month-old girl and her grandparents with serious injuries.

The baby died shortly after being transferred to the Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.

Police say they have been able to speak to the child’s mother, though she has yet to give a formal statement.

The Brisbane Courier Mail has meanwhile published footage of the immediate aftermath of the incident, in which the man can be seen covered in blood, lying on the ground as he is handcuffed by two officers.

* National domestic violence helpline: 1800 737 732 or 1800RESPECT. In an emergency, call triple-zero.


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"IndyWatch Feed Nsw": "IndyWatch Feed Northcoast": Echonetdaily: One-day car ban for Champs Elysees "IndyWatch Feed Allstate"

The famous Champs Elysees will be people-friendly every Sunday as cars are banned.

The famous Champs Elysees will be people-friendly every Sunday as cars are banned.

Paris [Reuters]

Paris’s Champs Elysees avenue will be closed to cars one Sunday a month to let pedestrians reign supreme, the mayor of the French capital has announced.

Socialist mayor Anne Hidalgo said her plans for the elegant boulevard, a focal point of the city often used for national ceremonies, was one of a series of environmentally friendly measures planned for 2016.

Other plans include permanent pedestrianisation, starting in summer, for a stretch of high-traffic road bordering the Seine’s right bank.

Thousands of Parisians strolled down the nearly two-kilometre Champs Elysees on the last Sunday of September when it was closed to cars as part of a Europe-wide day-without-cars event.

Hidalgo said all of Paris would be closed to cars when the event is held again this year.

Lined with museums, theatres and luxury shops, the 10-lane Champs Elysees is a major tourist draw in one of the world’s most visited cities.

It is also a major east-west thoroughfare for one of the swankiest neighbourhoods, running from the Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe.

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A 1.7 kilogram meteorite was hand-dug from a 42cm-deep hole on New Year's Eve in the South Australian outback by Perth researchers. (AAP Image/Curtin University)

A 1.7 kilogram meteorite was hand-dug from a 42cm-deep hole on New Year’s Eve in the South Australian outback by Perth researchers. (AAP Image/Curtin University)

A 1.7 kilogram meteorite has been retrieved by a team of Perth researchers in the South Australian

outback using a new 32-camera network, a light plane, quad bikes and a drone.

Planetary geologist Phil Bland hand-dug the meteorite from a 42cm-deep hole on New Year’s Eve in a remote part of the lake bed hours before rain would have wiped away all trace of it.

‘We got there by the skin of our teeth,’ he said.
The meteorite fall was seen on November 27 by locals in William Creek and Marree, and captured by Desert Fireball Network cameras.

After analysing the data, the researchers located the fall site in Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre but it then took three days to recover the meteorite.

Mechatronic engineer Jonathan Paxman said observations from the air were critical to finding the meteorite, which was in thick salt lake mud.

‘The impact site had deteriorated quite considerably in recent rain, and as a result was quite hard to see from the ground,’ he said.

Professor Bland said the meteorite – thought to be a chondrite or stony meteorite – was an example of material created during the early formation of the solar system more than 4.5 billion years ago.


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Here & Now 139.

Here & Now 139.

Broadwater Beach. Friday, 4pm

 A white Toyota 4WD is speeding straight for me. Collision course. But I’m not moving. I’m staring it down, like it’s a charging rhino.

Don’t blink. Don’t move. Mind over metal.

Toyota may be the go-to vehicle for your working man or jihadi terrorist – an unstoppable lump of heavy machinery – but I’m not budging.

You see, I’m on a beach. Yes, a beach. I’m not on a slippery building site wearing a hard hat, or in a desert storm wearing a kalishnokov, I’m on a beach in a national park. I’m a bloke in a sarong and I’m standing my ground against this pippi-crushing mechanical monster. I’m angry.

The Toyota churns through sand and over coffee rock. A motorbike overtakes the Toyota, using an outcrop of coffee rock to get air. The rider, garbed in helmet and brand names, gives the thumbs up to the Toyota driver.

Coffee rock is a feature of this stretch of beach. According to scientists, coffee rock is a relic from an earlier age, like 60,000 years ago, when sea levels were lower and these dunes nurtured swamps and lakes. Organic matter and layers of time bound the sand together, and this soft brown rock was formed.

Locals, who have been here a lot longer than scientists, reckon it’s the creation work of Dirawong (the goanna spirit) and the Rainbow Serpent.

If I were to take my death gaze from the Toyota and look south, I could see where Dirawong, exhausted after all that creation, and bitten b...


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